First, let's admire my workspace:
|I can't get enough of the view here.|
And in Alicante, Spain, there is a LOT of sunlight.
I had some interesting thoughts trying to decide how to cut dovetails with no bench. I figured I would try it using my body weight as a clamp. That should provide more than enough stability, thanks to German beer.
|Here is my first set up.|
|Ever wonder why it's called a Dick Saw?|
|Time to step back and think.|
|Well well. Look! An IKEA sideboard that is anchored to the wall with lagbolts!|
Here is a cringe worthy picture of my setup.
|I actually think I did a good job of protecting it from scratches.|
|You can check, I did give myself permission to get a clamp in the first post of this series.|
|Let's have some fun with the self-timer.|
|My new joinery bench in action.|
|The results of the first board.|
Basically, I guessed at what was happening on the bottom. Turns out a few of the cuts were a little short, but I guess that's better than them being too long!
The book says to chop the waste out with a chisel, but since Jeremy suggested I throw in my bowsaw, I figured I'd use it to saw them out. I like that better.
|My Spanish saw collection.|
|The board on the side is aligning the boards to be joined together.|
|This is really all you need to know about drivers in Spain.|
Now it is time to clean up the waste that I roughed out with the bow saw. Usually I would use a holdfast to clamp the board flat to my workbench, but since I don't have one, it's more beer powered workholding.
|No one said I couldn't have nice tools.|
Incidentally, the chisel in the photo is a B.O. Liberg 1" Swedish chisel that was given to me by Kim Malmberg from Finland as a bonus in a tool exchange we did. He turned the handle himself. I find it very comfortable, and the chisel is very easy to sharpen.
|One down, three to go!|
|Another close up of my set-up. This time with the towel, which you should never forget.|