Getting back to the basics. Working with hand tools #1: My fist half blind dovetails.

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Blog entry by Julian posted 03-25-2009 02:34 AM 1949 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’d first like to thank T chisel for his very informative video on making half blind dovetails. I watched it this morning and went right out to the shop ready to try out his method. It works very well! I succesfully made two sides in about one hour. It’s no speed record, but the joint is pretty tight. I’m hooked now, and will NOT be spending the cash for a Leigh jig anytime soon, now that I know I can handle making my own variable spaced dovetails.

I made a little 1:6 shooting block for paring the joints to the final dimensions, and also made a dovetail marking jig. To hold down the boards I built a small hold down jig that just gets temporarily screwed to the workbench.
Armed with the jigs, dividers, marking guage and knife, 1/4” and 3/4” chisles, and a dovetail saw, I proceeded to chisel, chop, and cut my way to the finished product.

-- Julian, Park Forest, IL

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#1 posted 03-25-2009 02:49 AM

not bad at all

I do love quartered and rift sawn white oak…......especially on drawers

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#2 posted 03-25-2009 02:53 AM

I think it looks good. Good job!

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#3 posted 03-25-2009 03:45 AM

Those look pretty good. I don’t blame you putting the Leigh on hold.

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#4 posted 03-25-2009 04:21 AM

I can’t do that nice of a job WITH a router and jig!

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#5 posted 03-25-2009 04:21 AM

Those look great! Wish my first set looked that good.

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