Now I see why they have machines to do this…
I think I went into this overconfident in my abilities. How hard could it be to cut out a simple notch in a board??? Fairly hard when your attitude exceeds your ability.
First, I bought a ‘fancier’ saw than the basic dovetail saw and it just made things worse. Then – when that didn’t work I broke out the coping saw for some nice wavy cuts, I got out the chisel and tore it up real good, and finally… the Dremel came out! That’s when things got ugly.
Oh well, I’ll get a better saw and try again. I was trying to make my wife a Christmas present with contrasting woods and these attractive hand- cut dovetails. I ended going with oak dowels instead… maybe next Christmas.
This did give me an idea though. I’d really like to do as much by hand as possible and I’m trying to avoid getting a jig. I thought about making dovetail templates on lexan sheets. A few different ones for different wood thincknesses. In concept I think this would work.
Depending on how my wife’s present turns out I’m going to enter it in one of the contests.
-- Tim D. - Woodstock, GA