Dovetail Box #2: When You Don't Plan Your Cuts

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Blog entry by Eric posted 01-27-2008 01:59 PM 1767 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Cutting the Box

So I was thinking that I’d cut two (full-sized) 3/8” slices off of this block, and then cut those in half longways to be the walls of the box. I went with my dovetail saw to have a finer cut (and leave me with more wood left on the block for the top and bottom). Can you tell what I ran into here?

Note to self: Check the depth of the saw when planning your cuts!

I did try throwing my Stanley backsaw in there; I could get it in, but I couldn’t get it to cut! So I did damage control and salvaged what I could.

I’m thinking I’ll probably scrap the “one block of wood” challenge, and just use what I need from my board to get the box done. I’ll use my Stanley to slice off the top and the bottom (from this block), so I can actually saw all the way through this time.

-- Eric at

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View Tomcat1066's profile


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#1 posted 01-27-2008 02:08 PM

You might want to look at getting a good frame saw. That would work well for resawing like that and should work with just about any hunk of wood you throw at it!

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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#2 posted 01-27-2008 02:24 PM

Here’s what you need:

Double edged saw

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#3 posted 01-27-2008 02:42 PM

Tomcat: What’s that? I need to Google it.

Rikkor, I was just thinking the same thing. Any brand recommendations?

-- Eric at

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#4 posted 01-27-2008 04:32 PM

I agree with rikkor.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#5 posted 01-28-2008 05:05 AM

Both good ideas…the ryoba pictured above and the frame saw (below) idea Tomcat gave. However, I think the ryoba would be better for softer woods, and the wood your cutting there looks to be pretty dense/hard…though can’t tell for sure…

A backsaw with greater depth of cut could work for you as well.

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

View Eric's profile


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#6 posted 01-28-2008 05:23 AM

Yes, I think all the wood I’d be working with here is pretty hard tropical wood.

-- Eric at

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