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TomF
04-01-2011, 07:14 AM
http://www.leevalley.com/en/wood/page.aspx?p=67335

Truly amazing - a pocket-tool that combines everything you need to make airtight dovetails, so you can practise wherever you are. Scroll down to the bottom of the page to see the tool in use, making a dovetail in under 3 minutes.

Paul Pless
04-01-2011, 07:18 AM
that video is awesome

James McMullen
04-01-2011, 07:21 AM
Umm. . . technically it doesn't contain everything it takes to make airtight dovetails, not unless it contains a little vial of tears of frustration. :D

Nevertheless, I desperately need one. Maybe by the first of the month I can afford it.

Bruce Taylor
04-01-2011, 07:21 AM
Finally, I can cut dovetails while driving! Y>

Steve Paskey
04-01-2011, 07:26 AM
That's really cool, but he had to cheat a wee bit to get it done in three minutes. When the clock started ticking, he had a marking gauge and two squares that had already been pre-set to the appropriate measurements.

willmarsh3
04-01-2011, 07:28 AM
Awesome. This would be a great Father's day present. Let the dove tail races begin!

ishmael
04-01-2011, 07:31 AM
Not able to watch vid here, but my interest is piqued. A shop I worked in had a Leigh dovetailing jig that I hated. By the time you got it set up you could have cut them by hand. Which, BTW, is a very satisfying bit of work, unless we're talking a kitchen full of fancy cabinets.

Bruce Taylor
04-01-2011, 07:31 AM
This is going quite well, I think. :D

Jim Ledger
04-01-2011, 07:32 AM
They have one every April first.:d

Hwyl
04-01-2011, 07:32 AM
The demonstrator could lose some weight

bob winter
04-01-2011, 07:34 AM
What day is this?

Bruce Taylor
04-01-2011, 07:36 AM
I love that you can cut toast with it. My full-sized backsaws screw up the toast joints.

Steve Paskey
04-01-2011, 07:40 AM
They have one every April first.:d

Oh, that's really funny. I didn't even READ the text. Here's a giveaway ...


Each part of this versatile tool is carefully crafted from premium materials. We start with the best Virgin aircraft aluminum – not to be confused with unused aluminum – we actually take it from Virgin Atlantic® aircraft, using material made available by weight-saving aircraft modifications*.

Canoez
04-01-2011, 07:56 AM
Umm. . . technically it doesn't contain everything it takes to make airtight dovetails, not unless it contains a little vial of tears of frustration. :D

Nevertheless, I desperately need one.

I'm working on a little box with full blind dovetails. I think I might need a bigger vial. :D

I purchased one of last year's April 1st product (http://www.leevalley.com/us/wood/page.aspx?p=65359&cat=1,43513) releases and have been finding it quite useful actually - with a fine-point alcohol based marker it's re-useable, too!

Bruce Taylor
04-01-2011, 07:59 AM
I see Google has a new product as well: http://mail.google.com/mail/help/motion.html

TomF
04-01-2011, 08:05 AM
An amazing day for innovation.

Not only has Lee Valley introduced this astonishing dovetail tool, but WestJet Airlines (http://www.westjet.com/guest/en/media-investors/helium.shtml?sm_cid=sm-af-ge-20110401)has come up with an incredible money-saver. They're apparently going to mix helium into aircraft ventilation systems to make their planes lighter and reduce fuel costs.

Don't miss the video.

ishmael
04-01-2011, 08:16 AM
I've lost track of time. Is it April one?

"April first, the day on which we are reminded who we are the other 364."

Twain

Canoez
04-01-2011, 08:18 AM
What has the Beeb got on this year? I haven't had a proper chance to look. If the date of the article wasn't March 24th, I'd go for this (http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/9435035.stm).

wardd
04-01-2011, 08:21 AM
i think i'd rather have the tools seperate

Paul Pless
04-01-2011, 08:34 AM
What has the Beeb got on this year? I haven't had a proper chance to look. If the date of the article wasn't March 24th, I'd go for this (http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/9435035.stm).

i mentioned it elsewhere, did you catch the NPR spoof this morning; they had me going until my coffee kicked in. . .

Canoez
04-01-2011, 08:42 AM
Nope. Missed it.

Paul Pless
04-01-2011, 08:44 AM
Nope. Missed it.worth a listen

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2011/04/01/135035460/gotten-fooled-yet

the gmail link is good too

Gerarddm
04-01-2011, 09:31 AM
Did they produce the working tool to do the spoof?

Paul Pless
04-01-2011, 09:33 AM
Did they produce the working tool to do the spoof?
admit it you want one

Ian McColgin
04-01-2011, 11:00 AM
I want one I can use on the head. That Sears catalog is getting a bit frayed.

Bob Cleek
04-01-2011, 11:16 AM
I want one I can use on the head. That Sears catalog is getting a bit frayed.

They bet ya to it, Ian.

http://www.leevalley.com/en/images/item/Woodworking/Carving/pocket_dovetailer9.jpg

Dave Gray
04-01-2011, 12:14 PM
Does it do half blind dovetails?

Thorne
04-01-2011, 12:33 PM
Brilliant as usual!

hoss
04-01-2011, 04:00 PM
I'm pretty sure they made it and might even be selling it! Last year's "Story Tape" was for sale in some of the stores, but it was only 6 bucks. Who knew Canadians could be funny!

bobbys
04-01-2011, 04:03 PM
I called up to order 4 and when i was met with laughter and giggling i knew i had been HAD!!!

ishmael
04-01-2011, 04:31 PM
Just a note. Cutting dovetails by hand is wonderful stuff. A bandsaw will speed things up, but there is still enough work with a chisel to make it satisfying to the hand.

Try it. Tage Frid's books run you through it. It's rather straighforward.

Keith Wilson
04-01-2011, 06:18 PM
Excellent!


We start with the best Virgin aircraft aluminum – not to be confused with unused aluminum – we actually take it from Virgin Atlantic® aircraft, using material made available by weight-saving aircraft modifications*.

http://www.leevalley.com/en/images/item/Woodworking/Carving/pocket_dovetailer9.jpg

stevebaby
04-01-2011, 06:38 PM
+10 to Lee Valley's customer service. I have a couple of their planes.A plane I ordered went astray in the mail (almost certainly due to the local mail contractor) and when I sent them an email querying its whereabouts,they just sent me another plane within a week.
Their handplanes are a joy to use,perfect in almost every way although Lie-Nielsen probably trumps them on appearance LVs low prices make up for that easily. After I bought one of their block planes,I gave all my carefully fettled Stanleys away and replaced them with LV counterparts.
I still love that block plane.

PeterSibley
04-01-2011, 06:53 PM
They have one every April first.:d

Indeed !|;):d|;)

Fitz
04-01-2011, 08:06 PM
Did ya catch the big band aid bandage on his hand? :d