Half blind dovetails in half the time!

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Blog entry by Manitario posted 05-20-2017 04:09 AM 694 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

There’s been a number of projects recently that I’ve used hand cut half blind dovetails. It’s hard to beat the strength and stability of a dovetail joint but I don’t like the look of the through dovetails, or the uniform sizing and spacing of router jig cut dovetails. That said, I find it really tedious to cut half blind dovetails in casework. Looking for an easier way, I found a Fine Woodworking article called “Half blind dovetails in half the time!” which showed a simple jig for cutting the waste between the pins. I was skeptical whether this would actually save me much time; usually by the time I set up a jig etc. it is almost the same time to just cut by hand. So, I decided to time it….here’s the vid with the results:

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#1 posted 05-20-2017 11:35 AM

Great video, but I’m afraid I’ll have to stick with the hand tool method. I didn’t see you use a saw … I assume you used a saw for the side walls, right. So … how did you spend the 21 saved minutes?

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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#2 posted 05-20-2017 02:57 PM

I didn’t include the sawing of the side walls b/c it was a common step to both the hand cut and the router cut. The good news is that I saved 21 minutes…the bad news is that I spent more than 21 minutes making the video.

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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