Dovetail of the Day #5: Day 9 A little something different

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Blog entry by doorslammer posted 02-05-2010 05:03 AM 1186 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I decided to break the monotony today and try something a little different. I know I’ve seen this before but I don’t remember where so I won’t take credit for it. I think it’s a pretty neat looking joint, but probably not as strong as a traditional dovetail. The final result turned out pretty good too! I also experimented with some more techniques as well. I’ve been starting my saw cuts from the right side of the board and moving left for one half of the pin/tail and then shifting my stance and return across the board from left to right for the other half of the pin/tail. I noticed that my joints seemed to be looser on my right to left cuts which I attributed to the saw falling into the scribe line since my thumb guiding the saw is on the opposite side. I decided to try reaching over the saw with my left hand to put my thumbnail in the scribe line like I do with the left to right cuts. It feels a bit awkward, but really seemed to help. One other thing I noticed and would like some feedback on is how everyone pares their pins (or tails for those who do it backwards :). I think during my first couple of attempts I pared down the pin along the grain. Then I started paring across the grain. I think I switched becuase it seemed to cut better this way and avoids the possibility of the chisel following the grain and taking too much material. However, I think it actually works better this way since it keeps the pins more square. Thoughts?

Day 9:

I think my next step is a half blind joint.

Continuing the pursuit…..

-- Aaron in TN -

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#1 posted 02-05-2010 07:45 AM

Aaron your got it.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#2 posted 02-05-2010 10:00 AM

I’m no good at paring. I do have a thought on the thumbnail thing though. Couldn’t you rotate the piece clockwise and make the other cuts, from right to left again, and be able to use the thumbnail on your left hand?

-- Jim

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#3 posted 02-05-2010 05:27 PM

Aaron the joint looks great. You’re definitely coming along with your joinery. Here is a project I did with the same joint. Well done

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#4 posted 02-05-2010 05:55 PM

Thanks for sharing your trials Aaron. I’m going to have to give this a shot.

-- Jason - Colorado Springs

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#5 posted 02-05-2010 10:01 PM

Good job and a unique dovetail. I always pare the pins and across the grain to keep control. If you pare along the grain your chisel will most like follow the grain which takes over control of the cut and usually produces inaccuracies.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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