|Project by Skillet||posted 05-07-2010 02:48 AM||2187 views||0 times favorited||22 comments|
My first dovetail looks like a “first”, but I enjoyed every minute. I bought a piece of a 1×6 from the scrap bin at the big orange depository store with the intentions of making dovetails and eventually a box I attempted to do one a couple months ago. Utter failure before I even got half way done. I bought some tools last week to help me do this project. I bought a marking gauge, coping saw, & bevel gauge. I started with cutting the boards to length with a hand saw, about 10” long. I marked them with the marking gauge. I broke out my bevel gauge. I set it by eye. I remembered learning that what ever angle I started with I gotta keep it. I made the tails first. Then I used the tail board to mark the pins on the end of the other board. I cut those out. I noticed that using a coping saw it was very easy to mess up and get off track. I trimmed some extra from one pin and there it was my first dovetail.
-- Skillet, Louisiana