So my goal of posting a daily write up and picture of the latest dovetail seems to be getting off to a rocky start. I could go into all the finer
excuses details but I won't bore you with them. However I do have one good excuse, and that is that I've been busily working on several stock items for the Etsy shop as well as a custom order or two. So my procrastination hasn't been all for naught.
I have no excuse and I promise to do better. Pinky swear!
With that behind us, lets take a look at this weeks dovetails so far.
A couple of trivia points for you: Day 23 was another distracted day and as such a distracted joint. Thankfully it wasn't too bad and still fit fairly tight, but it could have been better. Day 21 was cut in less than 3 minutes as I raced out the door to cover an emergency at the day job (in this case, night job as it resulted in essentially working a double, of which one shift was the grave shift...yuck!) Even still I was able to focus and churn out a decent joint. What's even better is that the following day after a few hours of sleep and still dead tired I was able to cut a really nice joint...hmmmm maybe that's the secret to fine woodworking, do it when you're tired. It would certainly help thin out the herd a little, what with natural selection and power tools and all.
I wish I had some progress on a new set of chisels that I could gush over for you, but that didn't happen either. Not so much for my drooling over my keyboard as I searched out various makers of Western and Japanese version, but more for the lack of the all mighty dollar. It's amazing what a good quality tool costs, but once you make that investment it's sure to pay dividends for the rest of your life. The problem is just coming up with the cash for that initial investment. Either way, I hope to have something in the mail this week (cause I need to make this a reality sooner than later). I'm seriously considering picking up a set of the re-release of Stanley Sweetheart 750's. I've heard good and bad about these, but at the price I've found them , I don't think I can say no. If I have my way, these will be my go to utility/all around chisels while I slowly build up my stock of Japanese chisels. I'm also seriously considering placing an order 2 or 3 Iyoroi Blue Steel Japanese versions to assist with my dovetailing processes. So with fingers crossed that this is the path I'm heading down this week, I think I'll head back out to the shop now.