OK, so I decided for the planter box project I’m going to try my hand at hand cut dovetails or box joints to join the corners of each box. I’ve found some good tools, a dovetail saw, coping saw, chisels, mallet, planer and a compass. All I need now is some scrap wood to practice on. The only thing I lack is the marking gauge, and I’m wondering if it’s even necessary? I know there must be a ratio between how deep the cuts need to be and the thickness of the board but can’t find any info on it. All I’ve found is marking gauges for sale, most being $50 and up. So, is there anybody out there that has hand cut these type of joints and can offer a young LJ some advice? Thanks!
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