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Hand Tools doings #12: Dovetails issue

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Blog entry by Betsy posted 03-25-2008 02:49 AM 1269 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 11: Finished box - with finishing question for you Part 12 of Hand Tools doings series Part 13: Dovetails - I'm getting there --- still kind of ugly »

OK – I can’t tell you how many “dovetails” I’ve tried to cut. Not getting to far I can tell you that. Making lots of chips though – so it’s not all bad.

I’m obviously doing more than one thing wrong. I’ve got Frank Klaus’s DVD on dovetails and as much as I like Frank, I really do, I’m missing something on the video. There are no close up shots to what he’s doing so I’m not really following it well.

Do any of you know a good DVD to get to show some close ups and provides a bit more lecture about these things. I’d really like to at least cut one set before I retire.

Thanks a bunch.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine



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tenontim

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#1 posted 03-25-2008 03:01 AM

Betsy, get a Jim Kingshott video. He’s got some good ones out. Can’t remember where I bought the ones I have but you can Google his name and find a distributor. I believe all of his videos are on dvd now. Shop around for a good price.

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#2 posted 03-25-2008 03:19 AM

Thanks Tim. I’ve not heard of him yet. I’ll give it a go.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#3 posted 03-25-2008 03:22 AM

I have several of Rob Cosman’s DVDs and I really like them especially the ones on Hand-cut dovetails. I haven’t seen Jim Kingshott DVDs yet, I’ll have to check those out.

You can get Rob’s DVDs from his web site or through Lie-Nielsen.

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#4 posted 03-25-2008 03:29 AM

Looks like you can get Jim’s DVD over at www.foxchapelpublishing.com.

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Betsy

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#5 posted 03-25-2008 04:05 AM

Thanks guys – I’m going to check them out.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#6 posted 03-25-2008 04:11 AM

Roy Underhill of the “wood wright’s shop on PBS”IS A GREAT SHOW TO LEARN FROM. he makes ever thing by hand

-- Robert, mountainwoodcarving@netzero.net

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#7 posted 03-25-2008 04:19 AM

Gotta love Roy, he’s been on PBS longer than Norm!

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#8 posted 03-25-2008 04:42 AM

Isn’t Roy the guy in Boston?

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#9 posted 03-25-2008 11:08 AM

Roy’s show is “The Woodwright”.

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#10 posted 03-26-2008 02:14 AM

Just keep plugging away at it.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#11 posted 03-28-2008 01:36 AM

I don’t know about any videos but I wanted to share how I learned, from Frank Klaus’s book. Practice just the cuts until you can saw right on the line like a tail cut, angled. Then make repetitive pin style cuts, straight down the face of the board but angled on the end grain. After you can work the saw well, then try to chisel them out and fit them. My first ones look terrible, but it really is a matter of practice. Eventually I made about 5 birdhouses with dovetailed corners, I’m sure I’m the only guy with dovetailed birdhouse. Let me know if there is anything I can do to help.

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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#12 posted 03-28-2008 05:39 AM

Thanks Keen. I’m kind of going that route. Some of my problem has been not cutting the straightest line – so I’m practicing that and marking out the dovetails. I’ll keep at it.

Thanks for your suggeston.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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