Dovetail template from scraps.

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Project by Stephen posted 09-09-2010 01:59 AM 3433 views 3 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After watching some videos of handcut dovetails on YOUTUBE, I was in search of an affordable template to use for marking the angled and straight cuts. After blowing thru a bunch of scraps trying to do handcut dovetails without a dovetail template and not wanting to spend 25$ or more I tried my hand at making one. After a few attempts these 2 were made and are way more accurate than my other attempts. I cut the angles on the tablesaw with the mitergage. I had to use some extra spacers to get the short pieces safetly up to the blade with my fingers out of the way. I have used them and they work. The 14degree matches one of my router bits which did a great job but was not as much satisfaction as hand cutting them. I hope this might help some out there who are like me and feel a little intimidated by the h/c dovetail. All I can say is practice, practice and more practice. Its not that hard once you get the feel for your saw and have some good chisels. I used a japanese razor saw with a pull cut. It did take some getting use to.

-- Stephen, West Virginia

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#1 posted 09-09-2010 03:48 AM

Well done and thanks for showing, just might have to make a few have plenty of 5 gal. buckets of scraps laying around. Will post when completed, thanks again BC

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Muhamad Sara

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#2 posted 09-09-2010 05:23 PM

very nice. I plan on make some real soon

-- -Muhamad, Chicago,IL

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#3 posted 09-20-2010 06:53 AM

Very neat. I need to make a few of these so I can give the bevel gauge a rest.

Nice work.

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#4 posted 11-09-2010 01:39 AM

good idea what are the sizes, length, width depth

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#5 posted 11-09-2010 01:55 AM

Very good…

But… for handcut dovetails, it isn’t all that critical to have Exactly 8 or 14 angles…

All you have to do is just layout where you want the Tails & just cut them to the line at any angle want.
When you use the Tails to mark for your Pins, the angle you used, goes along for the ride from your marking.

I made a little Layout tool that I like… I’ll take a picture of it and post it for you…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#6 posted 11-09-2010 02:08 AM

I found a pretty good picture of the Layout Tool that I use…

Here is a Box I made for Manuals
Scroll on down… to The First “Construction” picture…
In the lower right hand corner is a little Cross looking tool… On the right side, is a taper for left & right tapers… On the left side, is 90*... The two piece are joined with a Bridal Joint… It works just like a T-Square… You can very easily mark your tapered Tails to the line, marking the X’s as you go.

It has helped me… Hope it helps you too…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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