simple dovetail markers

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Project by Wayne posted 06-04-2011 04:39 AM 1936 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Ive been drawn into the world of traditional jointery, and found myself wanting a dovetail marker so i made one…and was finished …then i felt quilty that it was so easy…so i made another. one is 6/7 the other is 7/8 both 1.5”.

The wood is from a friends scrap bin, i know one is zebrawood…the red stuff i have no clue. (notice a trend)

sorry about the crappy pics, its from my phone.

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#1 posted 06-04-2011 08:00 AM

I guess these make it nice and easy to lay out your marks then?

-- Josh; Former Pennsylvanian, current Coloradan

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#2 posted 06-04-2011 02:08 PM

nice add to the toolbox :-)


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#3 posted 06-04-2011 07:32 PM


I need to make some of these . My pine ones no longer have nice crisp edges.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#4 posted 06-04-2011 08:25 PM

I made this little tool a few years ago… after seeing something like it in a video…

It’s the little tomahawk-looking thing… just right of chisels…

Made of Ash…
3/4” handle.
1/4” top w/ bridle joint…

Has Straight edges and Angles edges…

Very handy… I like it…

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

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#5 posted 06-05-2011 04:25 PM

cool, i need to make one of these. My question is, do you use a marking knife to strike your line for the dovetails? If so do you end up cutting into the makers and messing them up over time? Maybe it doesnt matter since they are so easy to make.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#6 posted 06-05-2011 05:40 PM

A nice simple shop made tool. Everybody that hand cuts their dovetails should have some. I’m still using a miniature T-bevel. Whenever I get some free time maybe I’ll make some. Congratulations.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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Joe Lyddon

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#7 posted 06-05-2011 05:42 PM

As far as marking with a sharp pencil or knife goes…

The very first marks can be done with virtually anything… doesn’t make that much of a difference.

It’s what you use for the SECOND series of cuts that counts… where you’re using the First series of cuts FOR the Second series of cuts… I personally like to use an old drafting pencil and a point sharpener (the black thing in my picture with a blue pencil sticking in it).

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

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#8 posted 01-29-2012 04:55 AM

very awesome use o scraps layin round… plus ya got some gr8 lookin lil jigs

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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