Skill Building #3: Mitered Dovetails - Part Three of Three

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Blog entry by Smitty_Cabinetshop posted 04-01-2011 05:09 AM 1696 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: Mitered Dovetails, Part Two Part 3 of Skill Building series Part 4: Raised Panels with the Stanley #78 »

Lots of great input on the second installment of this mini-serial; how will it end??

For the third rehearsal of the joint, I took on the tails-first method suggested by @Alstar:

Start with a pin board, cut and trimmed and mitered.

Trace to tailboard, which is easier with pins that are mitered:

Then cuts done to tailboard:

And it assembled pretty well!

Some smoothing or block plane action to clean things up and it’s not far from good.

And for one additional suggestion, kudos to @Scott. And that is to cut the bevels/ miters long, or past the hard 90 to allow a thin kerf’d saw to remove the excess and draw it all together:

That’s all for now… As for me, I think I’m ready as I’ll ever be to use this joint in a project. Thanks for viewing!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#1 posted 04-01-2011 05:19 AM

Those look awful pretty to me !

-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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#2 posted 04-01-2011 05:22 AM


Just … awesome.

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#3 posted 04-02-2011 04:26 AM

Good looking tails even if they are on a 45. Nice joinery.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#4 posted 04-02-2011 01:55 PM

Those look pretty good form here. A couple light whacks with a ball pien will tighen up any tiny gaposis.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#5 posted 01-30-2018 06:38 PM

Restored post’s pictures (got them away from Photo (Scum) Bucket. Smitty

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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