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Trying to get better... #1: My first hand cut dovetail!

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Blog entry by Alexandre posted 668 days ago 767 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Geez… Now people are going to make fun of me :(
But hey, practise makes perfect :P

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dub560

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#1 posted 668 days ago

better than mine for sure but that’s why I hand cut mine on a dovetail jig

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Jim Jakosh

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#2 posted 668 days ago

You’ve got the idea, now it just take practice to refine it. I have never cut one, but I think I would make the pin oversize and then sneak up on the fit with the chisel! Thanks for sharing!!.............JIM

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Roger Clark aka Rex

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#3 posted 668 days ago

X, well you made an attempt. Maybe it’s not as you would like it, but it is a start.
Keep it, and when, after more practice you make a perfect one, look back at this one and feel good.

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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Deycart

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#4 posted 668 days ago

I am no dovetail expert, but I can tell your using dull tools. You might want to try to really get a sharp blade on your chisels. It will go from major pain to wow that wasn’t hard at all. Plus make ALL your cuts over sized and then use the chisel to sneak up on the line.
try this site for step by step instructions. http://www.startwoodworking.com/post/practice-your-dovetail-joints

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Kookaburra

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#5 posted 668 days ago

No one is going to laugh at you Alexandre – hand cut dovetails are HARD! And I’ll bet less than half the members of LJ have even tried to do one – so you are already way ahead of all of those woodworkers! This will be a fun reminder in a few months when you get really good – a reminder that making these takes a lot of practice! And now, you have started. There are lots of videos on different ways to do them – check out a few until you find one that seems the most natural to you.

I just got the Veritas dovetail kit because I knew I was never going to master these without some help. It is really nice – you might hint that you want one for Christmas (order it from Lee Valley).

-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

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Roger

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#6 posted 668 days ago

You’ve gotten further than I have. lol Practice does make perfect (kinda). I’ve seen guys who will do nothing except dovetails all day long, putting 2 boards together with them. Make a pair, then toss em in a pile, and then, make another pair, etc. One day, I’ll git round to it. Yer doin just fine. Be patient. Nothing will ever be perfect, and, it’s ok to make mistakes. The key is to be able to keep goin forward.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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Alexandre

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#7 posted 668 days ago

kookaburra, I have gotten a Pm-V11… I cant spend much for some time :/ :P

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Alexandre

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#8 posted 668 days ago

Dey, I’m actually using Razer sharp tools…
Its just that its pine, and I suck at pine, and that my picture is blurry…

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A Slice of Wood Workshop

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#9 posted 667 days ago

Hey that looks great. It all fits together, you just got to tighten it up.

-- Tim- http://www.asliceofwoodworkshop.com; Twitter-@asliceofwood; Facebook-http://www.facebook.com/asliceofwood

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