First dovetails (hand cut or otherwise)

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Project by JBoss posted 10-17-2010 01:12 AM 1396 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, seeing I was happy with the way my mallet came out, I decieded why not try some dovetails. While far, far from perfect I am very pleased with the way they turned out. The half blind were much harder the than through, but all in all it wasn’t that difficult, I have read about it enough that it almost seemed that I had done it before. I have cut three sets of dovetails before today, but all three were mostly practicing layout, then cut out in about 2 min and beat together. This is the first sets I have actually tried to cut correctly. Also, all work was done with handtools on this, hand cut the peices, No 4 plane got them to thickness and smooth. Think I prefer the solice of a hand plane to the scream of a planer, even if it is slower.

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#1 posted 10-17-2010 02:08 AM

Nice dovetails.

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#2 posted 10-17-2010 02:35 AM

Great dovetails.

-- Eric "That's all very well and human, but when will you stop having to apologize and start doing your very best you can? When will you begin?"

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#3 posted 10-17-2010 03:01 AM

I can only dream about results that precise. I also use a jig to make my DTs. The box looks great, now just needs a top.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#4 posted 10-17-2010 05:48 AM

They look good. Nice first round.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#5 posted 10-17-2010 05:59 AM

They look great—better than mine come out WITH my P-C jig !

-- -- Neil

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#6 posted 10-17-2010 06:16 AM

Excellent job Boss. Now put it on a shelf in your shop as a reminder of the great work you’re capable of when those frustrating days come along…

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#7 posted 10-17-2010 08:45 AM

thats a good job. i’m be trying my first serie’s of dovetails tomorrow. i hope to get such a clean result



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#8 posted 10-19-2010 03:55 AM

Well I can’t pass up this opportunity to say it looks great. My first hand cut dovetails are on my page and yours are a lot better than mine. I’ve cut several since. I too have watched and read everything under the sun about hand cut dovetails. For me the layout is very important, as well as cutting on the waste side of that thin line. Keep up the good work!!

-- Skillet, Louisiana

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