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Hand-Cut Half-Blind Dovetails

07-02-2010 09:27 PM by thewoodwhisperer | 13 comments »

Guild members will remember this small excerpt from the Shaker Table series. Its just a taste of some of the fun we have in the Guild. Sign up now and get 15% off your membership. Dovetails: very few joints are held in such high regard. Not sure why exactly, but there seems to be a nearly universal love and adoration for this flying vermin-inspired interlocking joint. And I don’t care what anyone says, doves are just dirty pigeons in a lighter-colored outfit. To be fair thoug...

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Dovetail....Need I Say More?

05-19-2010 12:56 AM by HighRockWoodworking | 5 comments »

Dovetail… is there another word in woodworking that brings more reaction and sense of nostalgia? The word alone has come to mean craftsmanship and brings back memories of the past. For myself I picture an old master in his shop taking time to layout and mark each tail, meticulously cutting with smooth strokes of the saw, marking and cutting the pins for a tight fit, and then adjusting the cuts with a razor sharp chisel to make sure the joint comes together perfectly. The amazing part is th...

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Building a Credenza #4: Completed Dovetail Joinery

05-18-2010 08:13 PM by Blake | 20 comments »

This is where I left off last time: Chopping the tails I cut most of the waste out with a coping saw and then clamped down the tail board to my bench to chop out the rest: First it is necessary to test the sharpness of your chisels… yep they are sharp. (I accidentally grazed my chisel when I reached across my bench for a pencil) After chopping the tails: The two sides of my case: Transferring the tails to the pins I had a little bit of a dilemma ...

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Building a Credenza #3: Hand Cutting Dovetails

05-13-2010 05:44 PM by Blake | 7 comments »

I am hand-cutting the dovetails for the case joinery. Its the first time I’ve ever really done this. I’ve been playing around with dovetails a little lately for practice but haven’t used them for a project. Layout First I had to figure out how I wanted to lay them out. This took quite a bit of time actually. I started by looking at the two pieces to be joined. I have a little dovetail sample that I use for a reference so I don’t get confused as to how the ...

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Asian Arts & Crafts Night Stand #1: Catching up...

05-08-2010 12:14 AM by azwoodman | 9 comments »

So I’ve been working on this project since January. Its been a really fun and very educational experience. There have been lots of “firsts.” This semester I have been taking a Woodworking Class at my local community college. Although the class isn’t really geared toward any particular set of woodworking skills it has given me an opportunity to build a project under the supervision of a more “seasoned” woodworker. When the class began we were instruct...

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Hand cutting dovetails #2: My Technique

03-12-2010 02:34 AM by DrewM | 18 comments »

Today I thought it would be a good idea to show you guys how I cut my dovetails. I don’t have all the proper tools for the job or the best of the tools that I do own. So far I have been able to get by with what is seen here. I had some scrap oak laying around in the shop so I decided to use some of it for practice. I start by laying out the “tails” first. First step is to find the center of the board and divide it how ever you see fit. I find the center of the board by j...

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Hand cutting dovetails #1: Just starting out

03-11-2010 03:49 AM by DrewM | 7 comments »

I decided that in my journey of woodworking hand cut dovetails should be one step along the way. I just have some “cheap” hand tools including the not so great marples chisels sold at HD and some saws i got from xona tool. They might not be the best out there but they work for the time being. So I went out to HD and picked up some 1×6 pine and got to work. The first two attempts were not the best but i used them as learning experience. This is my third attempt at cutting d...

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First Handcut Dovetails - PFW

03-09-2010 06:44 AM by jcontract | 10 comments »

A good friend (and fellow Lumberjock member JTASH) spent a fantastic weekend at the Philadelphia Furniture Workshop in a handcut dovetails class. Now, JTASH has had some experience to this point in assembling actual projects with handcut dovetail joints. Me? I did a bunch of practice in sawing ‘to the line’ in preparation for the class, and even tried a crude attempt at assembling a test dovetail. The results were miserable and I would not post. Here is my conclusion after taki...

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Extremely Average #52: Practicing Hand Cut Dovetails

02-23-2010 05:49 AM by Ecocandle | 8 comments »

I have been spending so much time working on my router table that I haven’t done any pure practicing. So I set a goal to cut two sets of dovetails. Previously I had cut a set of tails, but have been way too much of a Wimpy McWimperson to try the pins. I wanted to live with the joy of the tails for a while, before I had to face the cold hard reality that the pins and tails don’t really fit together that well. Tonight reality slapped me around and called me a sissy. But that is ok, I...

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Sketchup Resources #6: WWX Dovetails Plugin for SketchUp - It's Official!

02-22-2010 02:31 AM by PurpLev | 15 comments »

I have finally been able to bring this plugin to the state at which I’m happy with it, and feel comfortable publishing it. here is a quick preview of what the plugin looks like, and what it can do: EDITED: MOVIE HAS BEEN REPLACED WITH HIGHER QUALITY VERSION: The plugin is offered for sale (not pitching it, just stating a fact). I’ve created a website to host and manage the plugin which can be found here: WUDWORX plugins page Where you can also find a tutorial page...

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