Novice Woodworking Questions
- I have some questions regarding basic woodworking and making simple chests
and boxes. I am a *Novice* at working with wood and prefer to use modern
tools wherever possible.
I'm thinking of getting a table saw. My efforts at cutting wood by hand and
by jigsaw have done nothing but waste materials, and being unemployed, I
can't afford to practice till I'm perfect. Also, I'm thinking of getting a
dovetail jig. Do they come with directions on how to use them? Do you have
to flip the wood and mark which ends go together? Also, should I invest in a
doweling jig, too? Or just drill the holes by hand? Should I use C-clamps
to hold the planks to the work table while I drill them?
Should I forgo dovetailing and just use dowels all around to make them?
Also, what woods are good for making boxes and chests? I can't afford top
grade oak; I know that's too expensive, and most pines are too soft and will
dent too easily.
Is there a relatively cheap but hardy wood for this sort of use? Or are
there cheaper, but hardier types of pine I could use?
Is rope or leather better for handles? How are leather handles fixed to the
>Question When was French polish with rotten stone and pumis(sp) start being18th c. is the earliest I've seen reference to it.
French polishing uses shellac. The earliest English reference to shellac
appears to be a 1594 description by a fellow travelling in India, who saw
the locals using it. I have no idea if the Italians or other Europeans
were using it before then - it's quite possible, as the English were
notoriously backward about such things.
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