|Project by Stephen||posted 09-09-2010 01:59 AM||3083 views||3 times favorited||6 comments|
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