13321RE: [MedievalSawdust] Hello Folks.
- Nov 11, 2010On Wed, November 10, 2010 8:13 am, D. Young wrote:
>To say nothing of the much greater strength of handmade dowels, at least
> And there is a natural fear of using hand tools because people think they
> are too hard to master. This is not true. After a few hours with a
> drawknife or hand plane, one gets the idea pretty quickly. Same is true
> with chisels.
> And then there are things like machined dowels----worst idea ever!
> Machine dowels are too perfect, which often results in a looser fit.
> Hand made dowels take a few minutes to make but produce a tighter fit
> because they are not as round.
if you rive them instead of ripsawing. I was breaking up some old
machined dowels just the other day (for firewood) and was appalled at the
way they broke. Some of the grain was running 30-40 degrees off the axis
of the dowel! The shear strength you expect, and need, in a doweled joint
just isn't going to be there.
There is a tendency to think that anything modern has to be better, and
certainly faster, than the old stuff. We need to get beyond the
self-congratulatory bullshit and realize that occasionally the old ways
were _faster_ than modern. And materials prepared in the old way were
routinely better quality. And especially that a hand-tool shop can often
be set up for less money, simply because it's easier to scrounge or make
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