DeWalt Cordless Trim Router
DeWalt Miter Saw with XPS System (double beles sliding compound) DWS780
DeWalt FlexVolt 60V Cordless Table Saw (DCS7485T1)
DeWalt Cordless Orbital Sander
Chrome Vanadium Ash Chisels Set
Wen Disc Belt Sander with Cast Iron Base
This project was very interesting, as it is a rare occasion to be asked to repair an ancient Buddha statue.
The wooden sculpture of a Serving Buddha was made from the single piece of the very old extreme hard exotic wood, which is Merbau.
The Buddha statue had the left foot missing.
I decided to use the half blind sliding dovetail, to ensure the new foot would never separate from the body.
The steps I took in the process:
1. Sand the broken / missing foot surface on the belt sander, to allow good joinery with the new piece.
2. Make the recess with the router, and freehand the walls of the recess into the half blind sliding dovetail.
3. Mill and glue 2 pieces of the same species wooden blanks, to achiever desired thickness.
4. Cut male part of the sliding dovetail using the miter saw and the table saw, and sneak to fit.
5. Shape the new foot on the bandsaw
6. Fine tune the new foot with the hand files, and later with the orbital palm sander.
7. Slide the foot into the sliding dovetail and glue it up.
I believe my solution is permanent as the chances of the new foot separation from the statue are very low.
I truly enjoyed the project, and got some new experience from it as well.