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  1. #16
    Join Date
    Dec 2003
    Laguna Beach , Ca.
    Great work! Practice always seems to help at every level
    "All great work starts with love .... then it is no longer work"

  2. Those are some beautiful tools and dovetails. Good job. I am just starting dovetails, good job.

  3. #18
    What a great inspiration. ..Clifford

  4. #19
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Imlay City, Mich
    I got my coping saw blades from either Tools for Working Wood ( pretty sure) or Tradtional Woodworker. I made my own fishtail chisel after I saw Rob Cosmans video. I e-mailed him and he said his was a 3/4 in that he ground himself. Bought the chisel at woodcraft.
    Michael Gibbons

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  5. #20
    Nice tape job on your handles, eh?

    Only a Canadian would tape up the handles of his woodworking tools like a hockey stick. Right down to the twisted tape ropes for grip.

    Thanks for the chuckles.


  6. #21
    I just saw Rob Cosman today at the Canwest woodworking show in Abbotsford and I saw him make a one of those dovetail joints in 4 minutes. Needless to say I was amazed and if I get a chance one day to take his 5 day course I will most definately do it.


  7. #22
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Longview WA
    I have bought fret saw blades from Lee Valley and have not had any problems.

    I bought a pack of spirals and am still on the first blade.

    Bought a pack of mixed and still on the first blade.

    I think it came with some metal cutting blades that I used for some brass with no problem.

    Not using them everyday, but so far, they have been doing good.

    BTW, I must have half a dozen fret saws. Got a deal on eBay from someone selling them as coping saws.


  8. #23
    The coping saw blades from TFWW work just dandy. They allow me to get into all the kerfs of all the joinery saws I use, I think they are .018" thick. I like them.

    Nice looking practice joints, very nice indeed.
    Life is about what your doing today, not what you did yesterday! Seize the day before it sneaks up and seizes you!

    Alan -

  9. #24
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Birmingham, England

    An additional detail for through dovetails.

    Very nice dovetailing. I like to chamfer (Shamfer) the corner of through dovetails for a final touch. The light reflects from the wood and from some angles the joint looks like a half-blind (Lap) dovetail. I noticed the effect in one of Krenov's books, maybe 30 years ago...

    Also, if the carcass is one that is moved around a lot, (say a toolbox) this detail helps protect the corners from getting chipped or splintered so much.

    Just a thought. (Of which I have many; yet express so few!)

    “We need 18th-century woodworking tools and techniques about as much as we need 18th-century dentistry.” Dr. Andrew Friede

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