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    A Couple of Dovetail Markers

    I've been struggling with flu this weekend but too restless to take it easy for long. It's at times like this that I enjoy a one-day project and I had just enough concentration left for this one.

    I have been using a Woodjoy dovetail marker for the past couple of years. It is a very well made and compact marker ... but a little too compact and fiddly to be my ideal marker.




    What I wanted was something less complex and more substantial. My first attempt was to make this one out of Jarrah. The ratio is 8:1




    This is a great dovetail saddle ... but it lacks bling! Surely that is the First Rule of Dovetail Markers - they must have bling. Soooo ...



    A nice piece of Tasmanian Blackwood and a length of brass.... and we have this... Ratio 7:1 (I always wanted a 7:1).






    And for proportion, here are the three dovetail saddles together:



    Thanks for looking.

    Regards from Perth

    Derek

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    Nice BLING BLING Derek.

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    Nice, Derek! I look forward to your post about tools you have made. They 're always exquisite. These are no exception.

    Question: What is the brass circle (insert?) on top of the square leg of your blackwood/brass marker?

    Hank

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    Hi Hank

    I plan to engrave a 7 inside the brass circle (to denote 7:1).

    Thanks for the kind words.

    Regards from Perth

    Derek

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    VERY nice, how did you pin the brass to the sides?

    JC

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    Very nice bling! And that brass really sets the last one off to the top of bling-dom!
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    Derek you must have been a basketball player here in the states? Or perhaps a "rapper" what with all that bling? Very nice.
    Making new friends on SMC each and every day

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    Hi Jared

    I first cut and roughly shaped the brass, and drilled it for the rod. You must do that first as drilling the brass creates a lot of heat, which will melt glue. After drilling, I epoxied the brass to the wood. Once dry I drilled thriugh the holes into the wood for the rod. The rod was a very tight friction fit, and also epoxied in.

    Regards from Perth

    Derek

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    As always, beautiful, Derek. You keep raising the bar. Don't think I could manage this een on my best day. Hope you're feeling better soon.

    Mark

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    Thumbs up Stunning as usual

    Derek,
    You just keep pushing upward don't you.

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