Hand cut Dove tails for the begginer.

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Blog entry by Davesfunwoodworking posted 08-03-2008 09:33 AM 2466 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As I was looking at all the projects, I was thinking of what I could do next. So this is what I came up with. Hand cut dove tails for the begginer. Lets get started.

The first thing we need is wood, a good dove tail saw and a really good chisel.
Lets get started.
The first thing we need to do is mark and lay out the tails on the end of the first board. As I do this I try to keep the angle the same so I used a 7* angle. For this you can use any angle that you like. Just don’t over do it. I donty have any pictures for this part.

Then we need to saw and chisel them out. I think the tails are a bit more easy to do then the pins are.

After we have cut all the tails out we are ready to move on to the pins. Again we need to lay them out. I take the tails and lay them on top of the next board and mark all of the pins. Dont get all the boards messed up. Its not fun tring to find out how they all go back together. After you have them all marked its time to cut them out.

Then what I do is set the board up right and using a level I level the board. Then I saw all the pins out.

After I get all the pins sawed out I lay a board flat on the work piece this will be used to help keep the chisel striaght up and down. Then we start to chisel out all of the pins. Try to stay in your marks. If you dont you will have loose dove tails.

We are slowly getting done.

Once all the pins are cut out its time for a dry fit of all 4 sides. Lets see how we did.

Not to bad. I have a few loose ones and a few sloopy ones. But over all I think they turned out just fine.
By the way this project is going to be some kind of hope chest for my daughter. But iam not sure as to how or what I will do next on it. So as I do more I will post it.
Have fun and good luck with all them dove tails.

-- Davesfunwoodworking

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#1 posted 08-03-2008 09:52 AM

very beautiful work good luck for the continuation

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#3 posted 08-03-2008 12:17 PM

Thanks for the post, Dave. I have been working of these for some time now with mixed success. Your post gives me some ideas to improve my technique.

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#4 posted 08-03-2008 02:24 PM

Great article! Thanks for the info.

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#5 posted 08-04-2008 12:27 AM

Nice job! If it wasn’t 105ยบ outside right now, I would be tempted to give them a try today.

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