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My dovetail journey

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Blog series by George_SA updated 07-09-2012 08:50 PM 2 parts 3069 reads 14 comments total

Part 1: My first hand cut Dovetail

07-07-2012 07:06 PM by George_SA | 7 comments »

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 Lessons learned:1) A cheap dovetail saw does not help in making nice dovetails2) Your chisels need to be very sharp.3) Hogging out the waste with a hacksaw does not give very good result.4) Don...

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Part 2: My second hand cut Dovetail

07-09-2012 08:50 PM by George_SA | 7 comments »

I sharpened my chisel for the second try and decided to stay with the pine for no. 2; Reason 1: The free pallet hard wood needs to be cut and planed to size (for which I didn’t have time today) and the pine is just ready to use. Reason 2: If I can learn to make a dovetail with softwood, then it will be easier in hardwood. This logic is based on my experience with welding. I learned to weld on 1.6mm square tubing and welding angle irons and other thicker material was very easy. Furthermo...

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