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Project by fissionchips posted 01-15-2012 04:04 AM 5251 views 22 times favorited 33 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m new to this dovetailing business. I foolishly store my tails and my pins in the same drawer, which lead to this pickle of a situation. I’d appreciate any tips on how to tell them apart in future.

The box measures 2.25” to a side. Here’s a video showing that all four sides are the same shape, alternating maple and cherry.





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#1 posted 01-15-2012 04:24 AM

Great job on the puzzle.

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#2 posted 01-15-2012 05:50 AM

Cool Puzzle! Looks good!

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#3 posted 01-15-2012 07:08 AM

Very interesting!!!!!

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#4 posted 01-15-2012 08:37 AM

This hurts my brain. But I really like it. But it hurts my brain. But I really like it. But it hurts my brain. But I really like it…. AAAaaaggghhhhh!!! Make it stop!!!!

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#5 posted 01-15-2012 10:48 AM

Hmmm.. lets see, you used the “Bucksaw” to do the cuts . Using the “Floating magnet” balanced on the “Wine stand” in combination with the “Cherry boot jack” to get the first tails in, you got the next row of tails tucked in using the “Kanna restoration” levered with the “Mini strat”... phew. Once that was done you used the “CD lamp” levered against the “False spiral lamp” to shrink the last row of tails while you levered them in with the “Veneer bookmarks” alright! The “Plant stand” was handy for the finishing process. Those “Burr puzzles” are now completely annoyed with you because they are totally out classed.

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#6 posted 01-15-2012 02:28 PM

I like it, but this is going to bother me …

I even did a quick drawing on sketchup to see what I think each piece should look like, but if you make it as I drew it, without gaps between the pins and tails, it just cannot go together. It that the secret?

dspahn is right – it hurts my brain too.

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#7 posted 01-15-2012 03:08 PM

can you post some more photos? I’d love to take a crack at this thing

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#8 posted 01-15-2012 04:07 PM

Does PETA know about this poor dove?

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#9 posted 01-15-2012 04:21 PM

sooooo neat, eyes might uncross later today ;-D

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#10 posted 01-15-2012 05:10 PM

I’ve seen this joint done on one corner and I can see how it could be done on 3, but my guess is that the fourth corner (the one we can’t see) doesn’t look the same????

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#11 posted 01-15-2012 06:26 PM

I know I’m dumb, but now I’m dumbfounded!

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#12 posted 01-15-2012 06:27 PM

I have not watched the video yet but I am guessing that these are all rising dovetails which allows the joint to be assembled…They layout for this would make my brain hurt.

Nicely done.

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#13 posted 01-15-2012 06:40 PM

Love it!
Very Roy Underhill

-- If you want it and it's within reason... It's on it's way!

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#14 posted 01-15-2012 07:06 PM

Some fun guesses (I’m looking at you exelectrician), and a hearty congratulations to RG for coming up with the solution so quickly! I put up another photo from above, but I’ll save the full reveal for those who would like to puzzle it out. Plane makers create this joint, but they cheat by using a peen hammer. I came across some astounding examples of joinery by Kintaro Yazawa, including the nejiri arigata aka twisted dovetail, a close cousin of this double dovetail. An astounding repository of wooden puzzles can be seen here.

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#15 posted 01-15-2012 07:37 PM

Very puzzling. I understand the twisted dovetail, I understand the rising dovetail, but this boggles my mind. I’lll be making one of these once you or I figure out how it is done. Nice job and thanks for posting.

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