Flock of dovetail markers

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Project by rwyoung posted 08-27-2010 04:17 AM 5280 views 23 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Combine “bored” with pile of small scrap wood and you get a flock of dovetail markers.

Body is walnut, fences are hard maple. The thickness of all pieces is in the neighborhood of 1/4”. At its widest, the marker is close to 1-1/2” and the pitch is 1:7, the one I use the most. The height is also about 1-1/2”. Not a lot of critical measurements here, just fiddled until it looked right.

Pretty much all hand tool work on these guys including cutting the angles and truing them on the shooting board. Easy to cut a small wedge at 1:7 pitch and use that as an auxillary fence on the shooting board to clean up edges.

Just a little oil and wax on them for finish.

Fun to make and very little time.

-- Don't sweat the petty things and don't pet the sweaty things.

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#1 posted 08-27-2010 04:22 AM

Now if i could only learn to cut handcut dovetails!

Great little helpers! Some of my best ideas come from boredom.

-- Mike, Florida,

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#2 posted 08-27-2010 05:10 AM

why do you pick 1 in 7

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#3 posted 08-27-2010 05:24 AM

@ superdav721 -

‘Cause I like the way it proprotions the tails and pins. In the end, it isn’t all that critical.

Heck, these might actually be 1:7.21992389457 for all I know or care. :) I just eyeballed the orignal angle onto my bevel gauge pretty quickly from some marks I made a while back on the end of my bench.

-- Don't sweat the petty things and don't pet the sweaty things.

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#4 posted 08-27-2010 05:25 AM

Bored again, my friend? GREAT! LOL You do some nice stuff that way.

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#5 posted 08-27-2010 08:53 AM

Nice:-) on my list to do,

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#6 posted 08-27-2010 08:44 PM

Nice and quick! I was taught 1:5 for soft woods, 1:8 for hardwoods. 1:721992389457 sounds good to me!

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#7 posted 08-27-2010 08:53 PM

As an experiment, try a higher ratio in soft woods. It will hold just fine.

In the end, I just cut what looks good to me. Something around 1:7 looks right to my eye so I go with it.

Make a version with 1:5 on one edge and 1:8 on the other.

-- Don't sweat the petty things and don't pet the sweaty things.

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#8 posted 12-24-2010 09:16 PM

I’ve been wanting to get some of these but now I’ll just make it. Thanks for the prompt. Nice work.

-- The works of evil people are not the problem. It is the "Good" people standing by and watching not speaking up. Dubsaloon

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#9 posted 01-19-2011 08:39 PM

My 2nd favorite tool, The #9 Pentel pencil.

-- Doug...

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#10 posted 03-07-2014 02:03 PM

Very cool, this is what I was looking for. I want to try hand cutting dado’s.

-- John in Florida

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