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Blog entry by Paul Sellers posted 11-27-2011 01:04 PM 4218 reads 7 times favorited 52 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hi Everyone,

Well, I promised that I would do this. Here is a video I did at the castle last night. The woods are mahogany and poplar. I believe that this is a realistic way to make dovetails for a quick box or drawer. I always take a bit more time and care on finer projects.

Hope you enjoy!

-- Paul Sellers, UK http://paulsellers.com/paul-sellers-blog



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saddletramp

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#1 posted 11-27-2011 01:38 PM

Outstanding!!!

-- ♫♪♪♫♫ Saddletramp, saddletramp, I'm as free as the breeze and I ride where I please, saddletramp ♪♪♪♫♪ ...... Bob W....NW Michigan (Traverse City area)

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#2 posted 11-27-2011 02:23 PM

Awesome, Dovetail King !!!

-- If it ain't broke don't fix it, if you fix it make it better than it has to be.

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Islandguy

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#3 posted 11-27-2011 03:30 PM

Paul,
I like your idea of turning your coping saw blade forward…makes complete sense will have to try that!

Jim

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Mauricio

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#4 posted 11-27-2011 04:17 PM

Nice, I have to try this one day to see how I do. I’m sure I wont get the same results.

Question, I see you like to cut your tails first, do you ever cut two tail boards at the same time, clamped together?

Thanks for posting!

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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Paul Sellers

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#5 posted 11-27-2011 04:26 PM

Thanks, everyone.

Really enjoyed this.I do cut my tails first and I never gang them up because, though marginally faster, they never quite seem to seat right somehow.I have method that guarantees all the dovetails can be inter-fitted to any of the tail recesses though. If I have to make twenty drawers I can use this system and cut the dovetails in short order with perfectly pristine results every time.

-- Paul Sellers, UK http://paulsellers.com/paul-sellers-blog

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cutmantom

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#6 posted 11-27-2011 04:38 PM

good work, i would like the see the rest of the project, the top and bottom

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Ken90712

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#7 posted 11-27-2011 08:19 PM

Amazingly quick and effective not sure I have enough time to become this good. LOL very well done and a pleasure to watch.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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JJohnston

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#8 posted 11-27-2011 08:38 PM

Yep, amaziingly quick, and the way you keep track of the parts is slick (I’d have to mark everything with “top, out, left, right”, etc). But I’d still like to see a closeup of those joints. I can’t help but see tearout, not-quite-straight coping saw cuts and other schmutz in there. If they look good enough for kitchen drawers, I will cheerfully admit it. In any case, they fit better than mine, no matter how long I take.

-- "Sometimes even now, when I'm feeling lonely and beat, I drift back in time, and I find my feet...Down on Main Street." - Bob Seger

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Paul Sellers

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#9 posted 11-27-2011 08:59 PM

You can see the box on my blog at www.paulsellers.com .Please remember that this is presented as a rough cut and not suited for a museum piece. If I make a tool tote or a beehive then its suited to the task and economical in time. I made pieces for the White House three years ago and I would never have made the dovetails this way. I am simply showing practical applications that beat machines hands down in terms of following the Real Woodworking Campaign. I have three others I will be posting as I have time. The most perfected will be last. here is an example of a hounds tooth dovetail but I’m not certain I can get it in the 10 min max on YouTube yet

-- Paul Sellers, UK http://paulsellers.com/paul-sellers-blog

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#10 posted 11-27-2011 09:12 PM

The super! Having looked at video, too it wanted to try.

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Paul Sellers

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#11 posted 11-27-2011 09:19 PM

That’s what I want for you and everyone. Not perfected pristine dovetails but well-fitting ones. Climb over the excuses and the opinions and the assumptions and the expectations of others and say to yourself “Let me at it!”

-- Paul Sellers, UK http://paulsellers.com/paul-sellers-blog

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#12 posted 11-28-2011 12:21 AM

okay I got it …..............maybee ….LOL
but if you are making 32 drawers it deffently can add something to do it this way
when doing the back part of the drawers
thank´s Poul

Dennis

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RGtools

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#13 posted 11-28-2011 12:57 AM

Thanks for this video. I enjoy making practical items, so this gave me a few shortcuts I had not thought of before.

A few questions. Can I see a shot of your vise from the other side? do you know of a good maker of coping saw these days? I understand if you don’t want to endorse anyone on the second question.

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

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JJohnston

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#14 posted 11-28-2011 05:50 AM

Okay, I’ve looked at the enlarged picture on your blog, and it’s pretty good. There’s a little gap at the center pin on the near corner, and at the left corner, where the contrast between the box and the background is high, you can see that they seat just a little shallow, but for an 8-minute utility grade piece, it looks better than utility grade.

-- "Sometimes even now, when I'm feeling lonely and beat, I drift back in time, and I find my feet...Down on Main Street." - Bob Seger

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Mauricio

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#15 posted 11-28-2011 06:21 AM

Most of us do worse with using marking guage, bevel guage, and square.

I cant wait to try this for a little tool box, I need one for my brace auger bits. I just dont know if I can get my coping saw to do that, I will probably use a marking guage for the base line until I figure it out.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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