|Project by TObenhuber||posted 07-10-2016 12:49 AM||1142 views||1 time favorited||2 comments|
I have a project coming up and I wanted to try to use some dovetails. They have always evaded me in the past and I have always avoided using them thus far. I do like the look of them and they have recently found their way into my shop.
I have watched Jay Bates and a few other YouTube woodworkers start using them in their work. I guess they have sparked my interest.
So, for a Dovetail Marker I used my 10 inch compound miter saw. I used it to cut a 10 degree angle on both ends of a scrap 2×4. Then made a cut out so I could place it on the edges of your project piece. Done. I like the 10 degree angle so far.
From there just made some quick marks to test it. LOL!!! Well, its a marking guide indeed. Pen worked. Guide Worked. Check!!! Done with the easy part.
Making the cuts were not as simple. JK, it was. Without moving the miter saw angle I made a few cut offs with the same angle on them.
I made a quick and dirty sled and glued and screwed the cutoffs to it. This was the part that was only marginally more complicated than I had anticipated.
My jig needs to have a 10 degree cutoff to the right of the blade for added support I think with this the safety would be greatly improved. Overall it got the job done with only scrap from my shop.
A dovetail tool box.
As others have mentioned, a little practice and I imagine the dovetails will be nearly perfect. The first test run was pretty tight and the fit was nearly spot on without even using a chisel. Not a bad start. (Don’t mind the one over cut spot. Its my first try and its only in some scrap. I will probably try it out again tomorrow and see if the results are better.)