Custom Coffee Table (wedding present) #4: Hand-cut dovetails

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Blog entry by JasonD posted 04-19-2011 05:02 AM 3966 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I got a lot done yesterday for the joinery on the long stretchers and am about 90% finished with it, but tonight I wanted to “take a break” so to speak. I got home from the gym late this evening and wanted to get a couple hours in, but after a long day of work and a long evening of training, I wanted to work on something different.

I was worried that I might be apt to make a mistake on the joinery since I’m a bit worn out physically and mentally at the moment. One of the final parts to this project with be a drawer made with hand-cut through-dovetails. I’ve only cut a few single-tail dovetails in scrap to practice before, but never cut a row of tails and pins.

So, I grabbed a couple of pieces of scrap pine and got to work. I didn’t really follow the clock, but I guess it took some where between 45 minutes to a little over an hour from layout to the final bit of paring.

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#1 posted 04-19-2011 05:05 AM

That’s nothing to sneeze at. You are making very fast progress, keep on practicing.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#2 posted 04-19-2011 06:07 AM

Not nearly as nice as the ones from your bean box! Seeing that post the other day was a big part of the inspiration to practice more.

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#3 posted 04-19-2011 02:53 PM

Thanks Jason. The project I am working on has dovetailed drawers and the fronts of those are going to be a single piece of fiddleback maple.

I’m going to keep practicing until I feel like I won’t screw that up.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#4 posted 04-22-2011 12:22 AM

Nice looking joint. I find with southern yellow pine (if that is what you used) it can be difficult to cut nice dovetails because of the density changes in the grain.

-- And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord... Colossians 3:23

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#5 posted 05-02-2011 05:35 PM

Gets easier with practice…I’ve heard :) Keep up the good work.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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