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Five days of dovetails

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Project by Woodworkingbythebay posted 02-28-2015 12:20 PM 1541 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So I bought an economy half blind dovetail jig about 4 years ago and thought it was great, but after a few projects they all seemed a bit generic. Same size spacing with every joint restricted by material size and only having the ability to do half blind joints, which was a pain when I wanted to make boxes.
Buying a leigh jig was in the back of my mind but I couldn’t justify spending all that money, so I committed to teaching myself how to cut dovetails by hand since a had all of the tools already.
I set out a to make 1 joint a day for as long as it would take
Day one: cut on the line resulting in gaps
Day two: a little better but not as tight as I would like
Day three: got it tight joint (thought it was a fluke)
Day four: same result as day three
Day five: I made a box, all joints look good. I had some issues while planing the marks off due to a dull blade.
So now I can confidently say I don’t need to buy a leigh dovetail jig





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Buckeyes85

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#1 posted 02-28-2015 12:50 PM

great job. I’ve found myself in a similar situation, although i do have an akeda DT jig which is really nice but it still wont produce the really narrow pins that are the hallmark of hand tools. I’ve found there are tons of videos on youtube about hand cutting DTs.

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canadianchips

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#2 posted 02-28-2015 01:07 PM

The old saying. PRACTICE, PRACTICE , PRACTICE is true.
Good to hear you realized you do not need the latest ,greatest tools to do the job.
New gadgets are nice, but you need to learn how to use them as well.

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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Tugboater78

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#3 posted 02-28-2015 01:26 PM

Started the same thing yesterday, gonna be trying to cut a few each day while temperatures restrict my glueups for a couple projects. One through dts are looking good, its on to half blinds, etc.

-- "....put that handsaw to work and make it earn its keep. - summerfi" <==< JuStiN >==>=->

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#4 posted 02-28-2015 01:46 PM

great result in a short time ! Nice shop too !

-- Let's do the best we can !

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bondogaposis

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#5 posted 02-28-2015 02:49 PM

Yep, that is the way to learn, through repetition to develop the skill.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#6 posted 02-28-2015 04:49 PM

Fine job! Exactly what saw did you use?

-- --Dale Page

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Woodworkingbythebay

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#7 posted 02-28-2015 05:20 PM



Fine job! Exactly what saw did you use?

- bannerpond1


I used a razor saw I bought from a flea market for $2

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Woodworkingbythebay

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#8 posted 02-28-2015 05:25 PM



Started the same thing yesterday, gonna be trying to cut a few each day while temperatures restrict my glueups for a couple projects. One through dts are looking good, its on to half blinds, etc.

- Tugboater78


Half blinds are the next thing to master, one thing I learned is to identify where I went wrong. Good luck with your dovetails

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Chris

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#9 posted 02-28-2015 07:15 PM

great idea. i think when i am done with my projects i am going to try that. I would love to get a jig, but too expensive. this way i only need to get a few things :)

cj

-- designer by education, wood working hack by choice

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