- 24 Nov 2003
- Reaction score
- Dorset, England.
Go on then I'll answer (as always :roll: ) . Tony, you are correct - you do use pencil marks to define a "working line". It might look inaccurate, buts it's very very precise. You can easily make perfect dovetails. Two things contribute in getting the absolutly perfect joints - first the pencil should be sharp - and second the stick you use to make the mark against should be quite thin - otherwise you can't get the pencil in to scripe it. The advantage of such a technique is you can use all sorts of wierd and wacky pin spacings, can do dovetails with any angle of cutter (e.g. 1 in 7, 1 in 8 etc - so you are not tied to any particular manufacturer), it allows you to do very thick (or thin) pins/dovetails - (as opposed to spacing). I don't think it's really possible to get a good understanding from only the pictures/descriptions - but if you are interested in knowing more - whatever you do, don't watch Godfrey (woodrat inventor) demonstrating at any shows - you'll come away more confused than before you started. (he's the worst demonstrator I've ever seen!). Try and find someone local who owns one!Tony":28cclqzu said:Never seen a woodrat but was surprised to see that it (appears to be?) neccesary to 'draw' the dovetail on a piece of the machine to cut the joint.
Strikes me as both strange and inaccurate.
But what do I know?, as I stated at the top, I have never even seen a rat.
Possibly the ratters could explain the need for the drawing???
Cheers and confused