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Blog entry by Eric posted 11-11-2011 04:20 AM 1260 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just completed my first box with dovetails. Whew! That was awful.

-- Eric



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Brandon

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#1 posted 11-11-2011 04:28 AM

Congrats. I don’t think anybody’s first DT is ever anything they’re very proud of, but we all gotta start somewhere. Keep at it and they’ll get better, I promise. Watch some (more) videos on youtube and hone in on your methods.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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Dallas

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#2 posted 11-11-2011 04:39 AM

No Pictures…. never happened! LOL

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#3 posted 11-11-2011 04:51 AM

congrats on your completion of the tails.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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Tim Dahn

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#4 posted 11-11-2011 05:17 AM

Whew! That was awful
That’s what I usually say after the Browns games too. (I can say that as a fellow Browns fan)

Check these out

http://woodtreks.com/how-to-hand-cut-precision-dovetails-%e2%80%94-part-one-the-pins/75/
http://woodtreks.com/how-to-hand-cut-precision-dovetails-the-tails-part-2-of-2/77/
http://woodtreks.com/important-hand-cut-dovetail-cutting-techniques-you-should-learn/788/

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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Eric

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#5 posted 11-12-2011 11:55 PM

-- Eric

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Dave

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#6 posted 11-13-2011 02:16 AM

Your first set were blind. And they look that good. Outstanding. And that looks like oak. Which to me is not an easy tail to put together. Very good.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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Eric

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#7 posted 11-13-2011 03:52 AM

Yes. It is oak. Its from a 4×4 of 1” laminated oak. My brother installs flooring.. he got several at a job. I think they are blanks for a banister. Anyway, the 4×4’s first went to my dad. They sat in his garage for a while. Finally, then they came to me looking like this:

I quick re-saw on the tablesaw and I found beautiful oak inside. Hit it with the jointer and planer and bingo! Its exciting to find beautiful wood inside a crappy exterior surface.

-- Eric

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Eric

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#8 posted 11-13-2011 04:04 AM

@ SuperDave – Yes. half-blind. I’m not ever sure how to setup my jig for a through dovetail. haha At least not yet. I don’t imagine I can route both pieces simultaneously when making a through dovetail… if I understand it correctly.

-- Eric

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Arminius

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#9 posted 11-13-2011 04:38 AM

If you have a smoothing plane, take a few passes over the joint. Then put some glue into those gaps, and take the shavings in your hand and rub them over the joint. They will all but disappear.

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