WHEN REAL SKILL IS NEEDED

Popular Mechanics (South Africa) - - Letters - GERT ZOVITSKY RIVERS­DALE

To “42 things you should know how to do” fea­tured in May 2015. , I would like to add: l How to make a cat­a­pult (A “boere-ket­tie”) l How to be­come a crack shot with a cat­a­pult l How to cast with a Penn-type fish­ing reel

It took me quite a while, but I man­aged to re­pro­duce the dove­tail joint in the il­lus­tra­tion (page 48) on my router-based jig. With ev­ery­thing lined up, it is pos­si­ble to pro­duce one joint (over 140 mm width) ev­ery five min­utes. Prover­bially speak­ing, the lid would not fit the bot­tle, so I made the bot­tle fit the lid. The ex­pe­ri­enced wood­worker will have no dif­fi­culty in spot­ting the dif­fer­ence. By us­ing the same cut­ters on an adapted tem­plate, I was able to pro­duce half-blind dove­tails as well.

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