For this hand tool cabinet project, I know dovetails will be included. Having only done 1 dovetail my entire life (2 years ago, just for giggles), there is a strong need for practice and learning and experience. I have dimension’d some premiere alder down to 3/4”. Also, I have in my tool arsenal what I think is a complete set for dovetail work (moxon vise is future project for sure!): marking gauge, dovetail marker, block plane, 3/8” and 1/2” chisels, dovetail saw, mallet, divider, scribing knife, mechanical 0.4mm pencil.
My first attempt was half assed:
My second attempt, used a backer board to assist with straight cut lines. Also, for me… it’s easier to follow vertical lines if I cut the dovetail saw at a 45 degree angle. I am not yet concerned about blow out from chisel work, nor using the block plane to flatten things. For time being, cutting with the saw to minimize gaps is my practice priority. I am using my chisels to work out the waste instead of using a coping saw. It’s slower but does leave a nice wall foundation.
And to note: this Lervand wood working bench is horrible on my 6’1” frame :) Better than no workbench, but will be looking at a split top roubo in the near future, for sure.
-- The Carpenter Bee is derived from the Ancient Greek word wood-cutter