re: Dovetailing by hand
I have read several books on the subject, and it is not as
complicated as it sounds.. (I have even done it a few
times..they did not come out as nice as I would have liked..
but I am notoriously impatient about getting things done..
probably why most of my tools are rusting while I play with
the lathe.. from lump to finished in 20 minutes!)
Anyway.. I _HIGHLY_ reccomend you get ahold of, and read,
the woodwrights books. By Roy Underhill.. all four are
available from Amazon, I believe, and he has a very simple,
very straightforward way of explaining what he does, and
showing you very nicely how he did it.
Those books, a couple of basic tools: (a plane or two, a
spokeshave, possibly an inshave, a couple of chisels, a
mallet, a handsaw, and if you want to work from whole trees,
a few wedges and a sledge and axe), and you can make darn
near anything you could want, once he shows you the