About four years ago, I cut dovetails by hand for the very first time. It was one of those techniques I ruminated about for many years before trying. And when my pin- and tailboards slipped together acceptably, after more than a couple of test boards were in the burn pile, I was elated! It definitely was a rite of passage. I think chasing wooden threads on a lathe falls into the same “Someday I’m gonna try it!” category. When I’m ready, Sam Angelo’s “Basics” article is bound to come in helpful. It’s our AAW feature article this time. Sam throws down the gauntlet for those who are up to the challenge: “Joining the lid and base of a box with threads will elevate your work to a level attained by only a small percentage of woodturners.” I have no doubt that’s true. Will you add it to your woodturning bucket list? It’s already on mine, and I’m sure the sense of accomplishment will be sweet indeed.
Chris Marshall, Woodworker’s Journal
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