Hand Cut Dovetails Class with Kelly Mehler
August 25-26 Saturday-Sunday
The wood for this class is provided.
Dovetail saw – Either Japanese or Western style. Personally I prefer the Western saw and suggest a better quality Lee-Valley 14tpi, Lie-Nielsen 15tpi, Adria, or Wenzloff & Sons brands. For many years I did use Japanese Dozuki saws and still recommend them for new dovetailers. The Japanese “Z” saw #12F27 (Woodcraft) is a good choice.
Cutting gauge – cuts across the grain (A “wheel” disc) marking gauge works best. Veritas (Lee-Valley) and Tite-Mark make good ones. A marking gauge with a pin does not work.
Dovetail marking gauge or sliding bevel for drawing the dovetails. A pair (1:6, 1:8) Veritas (Lee-Valley) Dovetail Saddle Markers are the best in my opinion.
Coping Saw/ Fret Saw– The Fret saw is preferable. Tools For Working Wood has a 3” & 5” deep throat. Both are handy – if you only get one make it the 5”. For blades – Olson, Double or Skip Tooth 5” Scroll plain end saw blades – 11 – 11.5 tpi. Peachtree USA has them.
Wood or brass Mallet for striking chisels
2 in. to 3 in. steel square and a 6” rule
Small (6” or less) combination square or double square (if you have to purchase one, I recommend the double square – Lee Valley Tools sells a 4” precision double square, but Starrett makes the best).
Dead blow hammer (12-20 oz.) – Not a rubber mallet.
Sharp bevel edge chisel set.
A notebook and digital camera for taking pictures (if you have one).
Safety equipment: safety glasses, hearing protection
Very Handy if you have them:
Marking knife - plain or fancy
A fully catered lunch is served every day and drinks and snacks are provided all day. Please let us know in advance of any special dietary needs. It is a good idea to make your lodging reservations well in advance.
Lie-Nielsen Toolworks extends a 10% discount to our students. Please contact Lie-Nielsen for more details.
If you have questions, please feel free to call or email Kelly
(859) 986-5540 email@example.com