Recip saws, dovetails and imitation


Matthew Long

Friday, November 4, 2011

Now, as editor of a woodwork magazine, it"s part of my job to look at other titles, to get an idea of what other people are doing in the woodwork world. This month, two things stood out for me, after looking at the opposition. On one magazine"s website, they had a feature that caused me to look twice: cutting large dovetails with a recip saw... that made me laugh. In fact it was quite a fun piece about doing just that - though with a little more refinement than the headline suggested. In fact, the waste between the pins and the sockets was cut out with a Forstner bit, then the recip saw removed a little more waste, before it was all cleaned up with a chisel, for a decent job in the end... it"s amazing how you can bodge a job together with a little skill and ingenuity. I liked the spirit of that article a lot.

A little closer to home, another magazine has brought out a special, and they"ve called it Projects & Plans. Perhaps a little too close to home for my liking...are they trying to poach some readers? But then, as the old saying goes, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery!

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