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Blog entry by Alin Dobra posted 2453 days ago 10164 reads 39 times favorited 34 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello,

In this blog I spend almost 40 minutes in four videos explaining how I cut dovetails. Since I give most of the explanations in the video, I will not repeat them in writing.

There are multiple ways you can use these videos:
1. See how somebody else is cutting dovetails and maybe get some idea how to improve your technique
2. Learn how to cut dovetails from scratch
3. Confirm some of the frustrations/solutions you have

Use the comments to give extra hints or talk about what works/does not work when you cut dovetails.

I will post a project with pictures of the final product (i.e.the hand-cut dovetails on the box).
(here it is: http://lumberjocks.com/projects/3897 )

I hope you enjoy watching the videos,

Alin

P.S. In case you are wondering, yes, it is still summer in Florida.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

-- -- Alin Dobra, Gainesville, Florida



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mot

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#1 posted 2453 days ago

Hi Alin,

I enjoyed your videos and watching your method. We do things a bit differently and this demonstrates a very effective choice of methods for cutting dovetails for a box. Thanks for taking the time to do these!

Cheers!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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Betsy

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#2 posted 2453 days ago

Alin – thanks for doing these. I appreciate the time it takes to do these videos and have enjoyed them.

Thanks

-- Like a bad penny, I keep coming back!

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MsDebbieP

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#3 posted 2453 days ago

ditto!
Very helpful to see the process explained in such detail. Great videos. Thanks

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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Harold

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#4 posted 2453 days ago

Alin, great demonstration, I really enjoyed it. Practice and patience are the key as you said. I think many would be amazed at how quickly the eye can become aware and recognize a 128th of an inch. What did you use to reshape the small chisel you use?
thank you taking the time to share this.
take care,
harold

-- If knowledge is not shared, it is forgotten.

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itsme_timd

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#5 posted 2453 days ago

Thanks! I haven’t had a chance to view the videos but definitely will.

-- Tim D. - Woodstock, GA

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Alin Dobra

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#6 posted 2453 days ago

Thanks everybody for your comments.

Harold, I used the grinder and a lot of care to regrind the small chisel. It saved me a a lot of frustration ever since, though.

Alin

-- -- Alin Dobra, Gainesville, Florida

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Bob N

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#7 posted 2452 days ago

Alin,

Most excellent presentations! Thanks so much for taking the time to do these and share your knowledge with those of us that are just starting out. I have made many dovetails on the router table, but my true desire is to chop them out by hand. I think your videos have give me the courage to get out in the shop and start practising. I do hope you will finish that box on video since you have gotten this far with it..

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Zuki

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#8 posted 2451 days ago

I have only had the chance to view Part 1 . . . but I have it put in my favorites to view the rest later.

Good work thus far though !!!!!

-- BLOG - http://www.colorfulcanary.com/search/label/Zuki

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Alin Dobra

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#9 posted 2451 days ago

Thanks guys.

bnoles: I’ll finish the box and post the end result.

Zuki: I hope the rest of the video will not disappoint you. I know it is a lot of information to chew up in one sitting.

I just noticed yesterday that finewoodworking.com has a multi-part video on how to cut dovetails as well:
http://www.taunton.com/finewoodworking/subscription/SkillsAndTechniques/SkillsAndTechniquesArticle.aspx?id=30001
You need a subscription though.

Alin

-- -- Alin Dobra, Gainesville, Florida

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rikkor

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#10 posted 2451 days ago

Alin, I can’t wait to get home to watch these. (Can’t really do it here at work)

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Grumpy

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#11 posted 2451 days ago

Thanks Alin. You have spent a lot of time on this. Much appreciated.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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jembo

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#12 posted 2450 days ago

really enjoy your stuff Alin, keep it up

-- James - Geneva, Switzerland

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Tim Dorcas

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#13 posted 2449 days ago

I have been trying to teach myself how to do hand cut dovetails with mixed success. You have a few tricks that I will add to my arsenal. I look forward to seeing what you do next!

-- www.craftedbytim.com - A Woodworking & Renovation Blog & www.craftedbytim.com - I make. You buy.

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rikkor

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#14 posted 2444 days ago

Thanks Alin for making these videos. You really did a good job explaining the whole process, and the finished product was very nice.

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Blake

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#15 posted 2432 days ago

Alin, I finally got a chance to watch these (I have to wait until I have time at work because I am on dial-up at home).

They were very informative and I learned a lot. Thanks for taking the time to go into so much detail. I have made an attempt at hand-cut dovetails once before but didn’t have much luck. I plan on giving it another try with some of your methods.

I really like your method of using different saws to gradually widen a kerf. That’s brilliant and so simple. Also, great tip on re-grinding a specialized chisel.

-- Happy woodworking! http://www.openarmsphotography.com

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