I spend some very pleasing hours today hand cutting dovetails for the drawers of our Pearwood cabinet . They are made from swiss pear and dutch walnut with rather an interesting old English style of narrow sides, rounded runners and a solid wood base (also pear).
Even though I have a Woodrat machine that cuts perfect dovetails, hand cutting them in the old traditional way, with a dovetail saw, coping saw and chisels, is very pleasing. Albeit it took me most of the day to cut 6 of the 8 joints required. There is something quite special in working in this way, it's a pity the global economy and mass production only allows a handful of cabinet makers to make their living this way.I still find it irritating that people pay 120 euro per hour for a BMW service without a second thought, but grumble at 25 euros an hour for a fine cabinet maker, after all BMW mechanics are 10 a penny!
Anyway this fine cabinet maker did enjoy himself today, and as I don't have to find clients I could take as much time as I liked. Bliss.