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Possible handcut dovetail obsession?

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Project by Sumthinlikeawoodninja posted 02-02-2016 11:55 PM 1560 views 3 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I recently discovered the joy of handcut dovetails. These pictures were taken before the bottoms were flocked. These boxes make a great remote holder/ misc junk. They are also sized for magazines.

-- Jason,WI "Whether you believe you can or believe you can't you are right!"





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#1 posted 02-03-2016 12:10 AM

The curly maple looks great and so do your dovetails. Nicely done.

-- Julian

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#2 posted 02-03-2016 02:05 AM

WOW Terrific
Keep on cutting them.

-- Bruce. a mind is like a book it is only useful when open.

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#3 posted 02-03-2016 02:28 AM

Pride and patience is obvious, of course your talent is showing as well

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - Your imagination is your only holdup

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#4 posted 02-03-2016 03:34 AM

You’ve done great work.

I’m struggling with my hand cut dovetails for a desk lap drawer. I wisely cut several extra pieces to practice with, and have been watching Fran Klausz’s dovetail cutting instructions on U tube.

This is not an easy skill to master, but it’s a lot of fun.

I can only say nice comments regarding my Bad Axe dovetail saw.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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#5 posted 02-03-2016 04:06 AM

I argee they are tricky. When i see one cut in 3 or 4 minutes I feel like giving away my tools lol. My best advice would be to mark cleanly with a marking knife and slowly moving your way up to it. Half blinds i find more forgiving because they can be undercut slightly to fit the joint.

-- Jason,WI "Whether you believe you can or believe you can't you are right!"

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#6 posted 02-03-2016 11:50 AM

Wow! What are the two types of wood you used? And then what finish?

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#7 posted 02-03-2016 01:34 PM

Great dovetails and beautiful maple.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#8 posted 02-03-2016 02:09 PM

That’s some beautiful wood you have there. And the dovetails look perfect!

-- Dave, York, PA, WildSide Woodworking

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Sumthinlikeawoodninja

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#9 posted 02-03-2016 06:26 PM

Three of the boxes are walnut and figured maple. The last one is Paduak and maple. The finish is just blonde shellac. Thanks for the having a look!

-- Jason,WI "Whether you believe you can or believe you can't you are right!"

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#10 posted 02-03-2016 06:35 PM

Awesome work bud.

8iowa, mark lines on the face and end grain of scrap and keep cutting. I’d say don’t learn how to cut dovetails, learn how to cut to a line and when it’s time for dovetails you’ll have all the skills necessary.

I say that because when you try to practice on dovetails first, you’ll be spending 90% of your time on marking or chopping out waste instead of practicing the most important part (to me). Learning how to saw to a line which translates to most hand tool joinery you’ll do.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#11 posted 02-03-2016 06:53 PM

From the first picture I thought it might be a fluke. NOOO, THEY CAN’T ALL BE THAT NICE! However once I looked at the other pictures I realized they all look flawless. Very nice work here, you must have a steady hand.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#12 posted 02-03-2016 07:52 PM

Those look very nice! Out of curiosity, did you use any gadgets or guides?

-- Jeffrey S. Ovens, Canada

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#13 posted 02-03-2016 08:57 PM

It’s beautiful. PLEASE don’t flock it! A piece of leather on the bottom would be perfect!

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#14 posted 02-03-2016 08:58 PM

The only jig I use is a saddle square. I cut tails first marked with a pencil. I focus more on getting a perfectly square cut on the tails and dont focus so much on the 1/8 slope. The pin board is then knife marked directly from the tails and marked 1 thru 4 to corresponding corners. I also agree with the fridge practice practice practice.

-- Jason,WI "Whether you believe you can or believe you can't you are right!"

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#15 posted 02-03-2016 09:37 PM

The only jig I use is a saddle square. I cut tails first marked with a pencil. I focus more on getting a perfectly square cut on the tails and dont focus so much on the 1/8 slope. The pin board is then knife marked directly from the tails and marked 1 thru 4 to corresponding corners. I also agree with the fridge practice practice practice. Thanks for the tip holiner I never even thought about using leather

-- Jason,WI "Whether you believe you can or believe you can't you are right!"

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