A while back I posted a review of Major League Woodworking’s Home Run 4-Pak.
Anyway, my current shop project is a four drawer storage cabinet that sits below my Table Saw. Building this gave me the opportunity to use dovetail joinery for the drawers and putting the 4 Pak to work.
After watching Tom McDonalds videos on how to cut DT’s I started hacking away. Below you will see a picture ofmy first attempt at hand cutting DTs.
I used the 4-Pack marking gauge to layout the base lines for all the pins and tials, and the paring block to lay out the pins. Then I used a Marples Japanese Pull saw to cut the pins on both drawers. Like Tommy says…. practice practice. The first set of tails I tried to cut are on the top. Easy for all to see that GAPS…. The bottom drawer came out a lot better but still, not of the quality I’ve seen produced here by our fellow LJ’s.
I called Tommy at his shop and spoke to him. He suggested two things: 1. Watch the videos again and notice how he says…... “Cut to the outside of the tail line” and 2… Get a DT saw. I took his advice. Here is a look at the corners of the DT’s I cut on my second attempt at hand cut DT’s for the second set of drawers.
By the way, the black lines you see on the tails are the pencil marks Tommy said to LEAVE… I think Tommy’s advice helped a lot.
-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning....