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Joinery Bench #13: Getting half blind and through dovetails in order.

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Blog entry by Holbs posted 02-27-2018 06:02 AM 616 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 12: My first attempt at half blind dovetail in hard maple 1.5" thick Part 13 of Joinery Bench series Part 14: Apron half blind and through dovetail'ing complete. Can now visualize the joinery bench! »

Making progress with the 1.5” thick hard maple apron joinery. I wanted more experience with through dovetails so went ahead and put 4 dovetails on each corner along the backside. Oooops. Getting things squared up is a tough job with such thick pieces. Somewhat like how winding sticks exaggerate errors, so does 1.5” thick material exaggerate if you are slightly off with your sawing (which I’m really good at being off). Not yet done with apron joinery dovetails as more fine tuning to go.

-- The Carpenter Bee is derived from the Ancient Greek word wood-cutter



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EarlS

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#1 posted 02-27-2018 01:14 PM

That’s going to be a solid base.

Did you consider using the table saw to cut the sides of the through dovetails and then clean them out by hand?

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#2 posted 02-27-2018 02:36 PM

I just may go that route, Earl. I wanted experience with 100% hand cut dovetailing. More, the better. But I may be asking for too much with 1.5” thick material :)

-- The Carpenter Bee is derived from the Ancient Greek word wood-cutter

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#3 posted 02-27-2018 04:33 PM

LOL! Thicker not always fun, I thought some Dove tails on Cedar garden boxes would look nice and very simple!
8/4 rough cut cedar, 8’ long, lots of fun chopping out waste sideways! The first one was none too pretty and
after a few years outdoors not holding up that well?

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#4 posted 02-28-2018 01:30 AM

I am using the Veritas Tenon crosscut saw with a 14TPI. I wonder, if the high number of teeth per inch cutting through 1.5” of hard maple is asking too much when it comes to controlling the angle. Am thinking, 10TPI backsaw might be more appropriate. Hmm….

-- The Carpenter Bee is derived from the Ancient Greek word wood-cutter

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