My first heart dovetail.

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Blog entry by Dan Lyke posted 06-17-2011 05:41 AM 6504 reads 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Jus’ playin with wood: “Honey, I’m gonna step outside and do a joint.”

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-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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#1 posted 06-17-2011 05:49 AM

Cool joint man. How many times did it take you before you got a nice tight joint? Very excellent work.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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#2 posted 06-17-2011 02:09 PM

Did you do that by hand or with a router jig of some sort? If jig, post a review of the jig and where it can be found.


-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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Dan Lyke

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#3 posted 06-17-2011 03:35 PM

Greg, this is my second, the first was cut out of a piece of doug fir 1×2. It’s still not a very tight joint: Cyanoacrylate and sanding works wonders… You can see some of the flaws in the larger version of that last one with how non-straight the sides of the heart are. Definitely something to use a soft wood (like Mahogany) for the dark part, and something Maple hard for the lighter bits, so that you can use a mallet to assemble and things will get forced into place.

Doc, by hand, using a Bakuma 300 pull saw (which is really too coarse for this) cleaned up with chisels, and on the drill press with a 3/8” Forstner bit.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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#4 posted 06-17-2011 03:37 PM

Saweeeeeet now just to incorporate it into a project

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#5 posted 06-17-2011 04:30 PM

Nicely done Dan. Might I suggest(STRONGLY suggest) you incorporate this into a project? Its always nice to look back and show someone your first heart dovetail. It’ll mean more to them. And as for flaws, I don’t see any. I see character. Keep em coming.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#6 posted 06-17-2011 07:26 PM

Its still a sweet joint. I’m sure this is one you will work on to perfect.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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#7 posted 06-17-2011 07:48 PM

Very nice, Dan!

Doc Holladay, here’s something for your router-

-- Wish I were Norm's Nephew

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