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  1. #1
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    Default A Couple of Dovetail Markers

    I've been struggling with flu this weekend but too restless to take it easy for long. It's at times like this that I enjoy a one-day project and I had just enough concentration left for this one.

    I have been using a Woodjoy dovetail marker for the past couple of years. It is a very well made and compact marker ... but a little too compact and fiddly to be my ideal marker.




    What I wanted was something less complex and more substantial. My first attempt was to make this one out of Jarrah. The ratio is 8:1




    This is a great dovetail saddle ... but it lacks bling! Surely that is the First Rule of Dovetail Markers - they must have bling. Soooo ...



    A nice piece of Tasmanian Blackwood and a length of brass.... and we have this... Ratio 7:1 (I always wanted a 7:1).






    And for proportion, here are the three dovetail saddles together:



    Thanks for looking.

    Regards from Perth

    Derek
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    Derek, nice but you are going to have to show us how to cut dovetails like that what did you use a jewelers saw? BTW by way of comparison at the other end of the scale here's my effort from today 1:5 out of ally angle needed something quick for an upper divider.
    Cheers Mike
    Mike
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    Aye, very Cool stuff from both.

    Derek, both the Bling an No-Bling are way cool. They both shine.

    Mike, I have never actually thought of using it like that. I feel kinda bonehead right now .

    Damn me if I do not make a series for myself as well.

    Kippis,

    sumu

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    Derek, whenever you just knock something up (the Jarrah version), you always make my attempts at making things properly and to a high standard seem pitiful and pathetic. If you weren't such a nice bloke I'd hate you! Back to the shed with me for more practice....
    Bob C.

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    Derek - beautiful design.

    Where do you source your brass and rivets?

    What is the process of shaping and joining - just a file/polish job?

    Cheers,

    Slade
    What worries you, masters you - John Locke

    No worries...



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    Derek
    because I too have the flu (again, 3rd time this winter-6 week cycles it seems) I won't tell you that I too hate you.
    What is the ratio on those tiny dovetails in the bling one?
    Oh, by the bye, nice work you [email protected]#$d.
    Greenie on the way.
    Cheers
    Jim

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    Great stuff Derek
    Cheers

    DJ

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    Mike, cutting dovetails in Tassie Blackwood is a snap compared to cutting all-Jarrah dovetails. The Jarrah was so hard that no compression was possible. They had to fit exactly. Too small and they have gaps. Too large and they will split. And yes, a jeweler's saw is used to remove the waste.

    I think that your ally marker is just great!

    Slade, the brass and steel came from Bunnings. The steel rod came from the gardening section.

    First cut the brass to shape with a hacksaw and drill it for the rod. Epoxy the brass to the wood, then drill the wood for the rod. The fit is very tight. Grind the lot flush. I used a belt sander and files. Check the angles as you go. I used a deburring wheel to take out the scratches, then polished it up on a cloth wheel with rouge.

    Poppa and Caliban - sorry about that

    Regards from Perth

    Derek
    Visit www.inthewoodshop.com for tutorials on constructing handtools, handtool reviews, and my trials and tribulations with furniture builds.

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