First Dovetail

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Blog entry by GregD posted 05-03-2010 04:53 AM 972 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My first dovetail. I cut the pins and nibbled out the waste between them on the table saw. I cut the tails on the band saw and removed the waste between them with a chisel after drilling out some of the waste. The wood is some scrap 2×4 planed to about 1-1/4” x 3-1/4”. I have this magnifier and used it when cutting on the bandsaw. The big hole in the center tail is a screw hole from this wood’s previous life.

Not perfectly square and a few small defects, but not too bad. If you can make it out, the fuzzy last photo is a 10” square showing the inside angle of the joint is a bit less than 90 degrees – the gap is 1/16” or so. We won’t talk about how much time I spent on it, however (although that included tuning up my new bandsaw).

-- Greg D.

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#1 posted 05-03-2010 05:02 AM

Nice looking dovetails, Greg.

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#2 posted 05-03-2010 01:42 PM


I don’t think mine will ever be that god.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#3 posted 05-03-2010 03:14 PM

Nicely done. I haven’t made through dovetails yet, but I hope mine look as good as yours.

-- Mike - Antero's Urban Wood Designs

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#4 posted 05-03-2010 09:39 PM

Great work, Greg!

-- mhawkins2 - why does my wife keep parking her car in my shop :)?

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#5 posted 05-03-2010 09:42 PM

very cool. this is one of those things where only experience can get you to better and easier results… keep at it, and in no time you’ll be popping those out without paying much attention to it ;)

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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