I made my first hand cut dovetail today. To get me started I decided to start of with “the five-minute dovetail”.
I don’t know how long it took me, but it wasn’t too long (a bit more than 5 min).
Here is my first attempt:
At least it is a nice tight fit
1) A cheap dovetail saw does not help in making nice dovetails
2) Your chisels need to be very sharp.
3) Hogging out the waste with a hacksaw does not give very good result.
4) Don’t be in a hurry and forget the 5 minute part of the 5 minute dovetail practice session :-)
I think I will continue with the 5 minute practise dovetail until my skill level has improved enough to try a full set of drawer dovetails.
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