Dovetails by hand #1: First hand cut dovetail!

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Blog entry by ic3ss posted 01-26-2016 01:43 AM 737 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I was determined to lean to cut dovetails last year so I asked Santa for a few tools to get it done. I was really good last year so he brought me a dovetail marking gauge, a marking knife, and a dovetail saw all from Veritas.

I’ve been pretty busy so far this month so I made my first try two weeks ago after I was done with my shop lighting project. A rookie mistake here…..

So today I tried it again and this time I started by spending an hour or so over two days just practicing with the dovetail saw cutting straight down, checking as I went. I think I’m getting the feel for it now, the kerf still drifts to the right most of the time but not as bad as before. Now time to put my newfound skill to use.

I cut on the wrong side of the line on the pin board. Crap! I need to pay attention!

Third time was the charm, I re cut the pin board and it went together tight and only a few gaps. It looked better after I planed the ends flush. I need to work on getting the bottoms flat so the boards go all the way together.

I need more practice and I hope I can get to a point where it doesn’t take an hour to do a one pin and tail joint. Thanks for reading.

Wayne, the future dovetail master in the making

-- "I am endeavoring, ma'am, to construct a mnemonic memory circuit using stone knives and bear skins."

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#1 posted 01-26-2016 02:12 AM

Looks great

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#2 posted 01-26-2016 02:22 AM

Wow, nice job! I think the approach is sound; practice builds muscle memory and process, and that’s the key (aside from sharp tools, right?).

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#3 posted 01-26-2016 04:49 AM

Nice work shipmate, you are on your way!

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#4 posted 01-26-2016 01:45 PM

Nailed it! I mean dovetailed it, you know what I mean. Good job!

-- Brian Noel

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