As I go through the cleanup of the shop, I move around machines and equipment. This allows me to make room to relocate things; at the same time, I re-discover equipment that has been idle for a time.
For the last several months I have been making a lot of boxes with finger joints. I am in the middle of changing gears, so it was most appropriate that I picked up this box. I opened it with trepidation, only to find some good friends:
This set of bits has served me well. I bought it from Highland Woodworking in the (very) early 2000s, and have made innumerable boxes with the various bits. The boxes have featured dovetails in just about all varieties: Through dovetails and half-blind, and also end-on-end dovetails, and inlaid dovetails. This makes me wonder: How many more boxes I can make with the same bits?
How about YOU?
I would love to hear from you:
- Do you machine-cut the dovetails for your projects?
- Do you make a lot of boxes?
- Or do you prefer to hand-cut dovetails for your projects?
- What is the largest single project you have made that incorporated dovetails?
— Al Navas