By Joshua Farnsworth (Writer at WoodAndShop.com) I shot the above detailed Video of master joiner Bill Anderson at Roy Underhill’s Woodwright’s School in Pittsboro, North Carolina. Bill shows how to cut a half-lap dovetail joint that covers the bottom groove in dovetail boxes. This excellent joint not only looks amazing, but it hides your grooves! BTW, he used mahogany wood on this joint. View the original blog post here. Yes, this video is longer than my typical videos, but i...
Ok, here are a couple of more evenings of progress behind me. I need to cut 16 tenons total to fit the head board and foot boards on the two beds. This part of the project is going a little slower than the earlier parts. But I’m having fun on this part so its all good. I first scribed a line all the way around the shoulder with a knife, then cut the v groove to guide my saw. Sawed the shoulder, with my dovetail saw. I tried Paul Sellers advise here and used this saw even though it is a...
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 ...
So, as a part of Marc S’ “Woodworkers fighting Cancer” guild build of the shaker table, I decided to treat the project as a skills builder regardless of how the end product turns out. If it gets trashed, then I’ll start again! The drawer called for a half blind dovetail, but we were by no means bound to follow that suggestion. So, here’s my first attempt at half blind dovetails! Not great, but despite the gaps, it was still a tight fit on the first try! I d...
Took another stab at it this evening after work. I found some clear pine I decided to use since I didn’t have any more good poplar scraps. The pine seemed to be more difficult to saw, like it was gumming up the small teeth of the saw. Chiseling seemed to go ok though. The results are acceptable again, but not as good as I would have hoped. Sawing the pins seems to be the most difficult part for me right now. I did however, try something a little different tonight. As I was scrib...
So the other day I got a wild hair to try hand cut dovetails. Up until now I have always machine cut ally my dovetails. Typically, my thought is, if there is a tool/machine that will let me do something more quickly and accurately, why wouldn’t I use it. However, now I’m fully convinced that with a little practice, hand cut dovetails could be easier and quicker than spending all the time required to set up, test, check the fit, tweak, and re-test a jig setup before being able t...
I’m a little late at posting this blog. On Feb 7, 2009 the Mason Dixon Woodworking club had a Hand Cut Dovetail Class. It was given for no charge and we had a great full class. We had Al Hendershot. DustyAl Our instructor was Ed Nock We had Jack Dalton Sorry no face pictures, he’s wanted in many locations. LOL. Jack is talking to Ed in two pictures above. My son Dave And signing the number 1 on his first dovetail. Now let me tell you.He cut his first one with ...
It was a pretty good day, despite the gray weather outside. I arrived at the show today with a short list of things to accomplish. Highest on my priority list was to get my battery issue for my Makita 18v Li solved. 3 of the 4 batteries have for it have gone bad, in less than 20 charges. I dropped by the booth yesterday and spoke with the district manager and he asked that I bring them in so they could test and replace them if needed. Got this done right away. Nice guys and eager to get th...
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