Tool box #3: Dovetails

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Blog entry by Boatman53 posted 512 days ago 1505 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I did some experimenting with some dovetail layouts this weekend and this is what I’ve got so far. These are just quick pine samples. The question I have is there any difference in strength between the different layouts?

I’m leaning toward the two on the right, the uniform spacing on the bottom the more decerative not top. The bottom sample is upside down at the moment.

-- Jim, Long Island, NY home of the chain leg vise

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#1 posted 512 days ago

my personal taste would be the bottom right, or bottom left. Bottom left only because “why not?”, I guess.

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN -- Stanley #45 Evangelist -

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#2 posted 512 days ago

I vote for bottom right.

-- Yuri (10x4 -- yeah, that's my tiny shop!)

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#3 posted 512 days ago

I don’t think there would be any discernable difference in strength. If it was me, I would make my choice purely on the one I thought looked best and I would probably pick bottom right. Nice DTs Jim.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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#4 posted 512 days ago

Right top. A little variation always looks more interesting to me. They all look good.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 512 days ago

This is the two samples on the right oriented correctly. They will be 19” apart so no need to make them mirror images. When the box is hanging on the wall they will not be noticeable, when it is taken to the job the top set will be very noticeable so I wanted them to be out ot the ordinary but still strong.


-- Jim, Long Island, NY home of the chain leg vise

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#6 posted 512 days ago

I vote for the Top Right. Looks strong while still finely detailed.

Nice work on all of them though!

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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