Learning Dovetails!

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Blog entry by Tyler Hicken posted 686 days ago 689 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is my first attempt at hand cut dovetails. Having never used a handsaw or chisels much I am not disappointed. I need give my chisels a good sharpening, remember to cut in the waste, and use some wood that doesn’t just fall apart on me. Thanks for looking and any advice is welcome!

-- Tyler Hicken - Duchesne, Utah

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Ryan Haasen

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#1 posted 685 days ago

Thats awesome for a first attempt! One tip I can give you is to always make sure you are cutting on the waste side of the line, I’ve made that mistake many times. Keep up the great work, you’ll have them mastered in no time.

-- Ryan

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#2 posted 685 days ago

Thats really good!

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#3 posted 685 days ago

Pretty darn good for a first try! I’ve seen people post progressive pictures of their first few dovetail practice sessions, and sometimes they get to looking that good after 4 or 5 attempts. You’re defnitely ahead of the curve. I wouldn’t even try making tails and pins with knots in the way like that, but you seem to have managed just fine.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#4 posted 685 days ago

I realized that I should have avoided the knots after I started. But I’m stubborn and didn’t want to stop

-- Tyler Hicken - Duchesne, Utah

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#5 posted 685 days ago

Great first time effort ,far better than mine.

-- Custom furniture

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