I like power tools. They're fast, reliable and make for cuts that are highly repeatable. When it comes to working with hand tools, none of those things can be said about me. I'm slow, sloppy and highly erratic. Still, I'm also stubborn and pig headed, so that makes me want to continue trying something until I get it right.
Enter in the dovetails. This is a joint that proves that you have the skills required to be a craftsman. A good clean dovetail makes people want to get up a cheer. So that's the goal. cheering crowds of people when they see my joinery. I like to set reasonable expectations on all aspects of my life.
The trouble is it's actually hard. It's really hard. I don't know what I expected it to be, but hard wasn't on the list. Tricky, challenging, fun. Right fun was on the list.
Shrug. Where do we get these ideas from anyway? You see people doing this all the time.
(Two minutes into marathon) "What the hell was I thinking!?"
(On third coat with paint in your eye) "What the hell was I thinking!?"
(45 minutes into chiseling out waste on a set of pins) "Don't I have a machine I could do this with?"
And in fact I do...