|Half a Mallet|
You may have seen my Facebook entry where I purchased a new mallet made of flame Birch but until I get it there's still work to be done! Not only am I working on the second series of boxes for the Etsy store but we reached the required enrollment for the hand tool class that starts on the 9th. of May. That means I need to finalize the projects for that 6 week course.
More on that later but in case you missed it, here's what happened to my original mallet:
|Hmm, Jungle Rot?|
"The Tree of Life" but not sure if it's from the original Garden of Eden! It's been used in bearings for submarines so that lets you know how hardy it is. I bought this mallet along with a set of Marples carving chisels back in the early 70's from Popular Mechanics magazine so I've definitely gotten my money out of it!
The new series of boxes is shaping up and I've begun with the slanted dovetail design as mentioned in my last post. Not only are these unique, I want the wood to be exceptional. One of the woods used is Australian Lacewood. It has some spectacular rays and I've never attempted to dovetail it before. The first step to working this out was to cut a shallow tenon similar to the Stanley 140 trick. Instead of using a skewed rabbet plane I use the tablesaw and a tenon jig.
|Powered Stanley 140 Trick|
|Walnut Side Pieces|
I was pleasantly surprised to find that dovetailing this species of wood wasn't too difficult. It does want to splinter on the large flecks but it was manageable. To remove the waste between the tails, I always cut a shallow notch by setting the chisel in the marking gauge line and then removing a "chip" from the waste: