Dovetail of the Day #4: Day 8

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Blog entry by doorslammer posted 01-28-2010 03:25 AM 964 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well, it finally happened… I’ve been struggling a bit since my first couple of attempts and feeling like my beginners luck was running out. Finally, today I had the ultimate oh crap moment. As I was tapping my joint together my pin board split. At first I was devastated, but it helped me realize some things I was doing wrong. Obviously my pins were too big, but I think for two different reasons. First, when I was scribing my tails onto the pin board, I was overhanging the tails and creating large pins. The second issue is going to take some more practice. I was simply sawing too far away from the knife mark on the waste side. I’ve heard it explained as trying to split the knife mark, which is apparently really hard to do. It’s like my brain will instinctively not let me cut to the mark. It seems like if I let the saw fall into the knife mark it will make the pin too small, but I may try this anyway just to experiment and see the effect. If anyone has any advise it would be welcome. The second picture is after I reloaded and cut another pin board.

Day 8: 2nd Attempt

-- Aaron in TN -

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#1 posted 01-28-2010 03:50 AM

Looking good keep on going for perfection (or close)

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#2 posted 01-28-2010 04:38 AM

honestly You’re really not doing bad at all. One thing you might want to try is using less of an angle on the dovetails. it looks like you’ve got at least 14 degrees or more there which is really big. i would suggest more like a 7 or 8 degree angle.

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#3 posted 01-28-2010 02:02 PM

I think you are doing a fine job, better than some of mine.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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