Learning Dovetails!

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Blog entry by Tyler Hicken posted 10-05-2012 09:13 PM 932 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 - Herriman, Utah

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#1 posted 10-06-2012 12:04 AM

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 10-06-2012 12:13 AM

Thats really good!

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#3 posted 10-06-2012 04:47 PM

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.

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#4 posted 10-06-2012 05:10 PM

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

-- Tyler Hicken - Herriman, Utah

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#5 posted 10-06-2012 05:22 PM

Great first time effort ,far better than mine.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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