Friday, August 2, 2013

One Down, Three To Go

My French Oak bench is coming along, slowly but surely. Last night I finished the last of four mortises, and today I cut the first dovetail, which meant I could test fit the first leg. When I cut large joints like this I do 99% of my test fitting with squares, straightedges and dial calipers. Sounds finicky, I know, but if I can prove the geometry of each part with a small tool, then I'm not struggling with a heavy oak leg and almost a square foot of friction between parts.

Many used a Festool track saw at the FORP to cut the dovetail shoulders. The jig that Jeff Miller built was slick, but I don't exactly remember how it was made, so I mounted my (too small) carcase saw on my right arm and away I went. I was a tad off of my knife line, so I pared the shoulder after wetting the end grain with alcohol.

This first leg went in this far on the first shot, tapping lightly with only my hat.

If I get an early start tomorrow, I may have this bench together before the weekend is over.


  1. Beautiful work. I've really enjoyed watching the FORP project, and also looking at the individual members' pages and the work they continue to do to finish the projects. I wish we had a similar project going on in the UK. Maybe Benchcrafted might do same one day. the French oak would certainly be closer!