RE: [MedievalSawdust] Hello Folks.
- On 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
Thanks for the link.
please check out
They usually have several photos from each item as well as a good description.
Lord Johannes Machiavelli
Canton of Rokkehealden
Barony of Ayreton
Kingdom of the MiddleOn Wed, Nov 10, 2010 at 10:36 AM, Bill McNutt <mcnutt@...> wrote: