My First "Successful" Dovetail

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Project by Ryan Haasen posted 03-06-2012 01:09 AM 4155 views 4 times favorited 45 comments Add to Favorites Watch

For the past couple of weeks at school, I have been training for the Skills competition in April. One of the things that will be in the competition project will be dovetails. So I have been practicing them for a while, and they are really fun to build. I will admit this was not my first impression, at first they were frustrating and appeared impossible. And my first attempt had up to 1/8” gaps, so there was no way I was going to post that. The joint you see here is my first successful dovetail joint; Hand made out of pine in about 20 minutes. I hope to be doing many more of these in the future.


-- Ryan

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#1 posted 03-06-2012 01:13 AM

That is one might fine job you did on your dovetails.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#2 posted 03-06-2012 01:18 AM

Successful? Looks damn near perfect!

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#3 posted 03-06-2012 01:21 AM

That looks great, Ryan! You did a beautiful job and I think you nailed it! :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#4 posted 03-06-2012 01:23 AM

Ya I would say you have it down pat, Awesome job. Really Awesome if you used a hand saw ?

-- I Live for Sawdust Flying ! Randy- Lacombe, Alberta

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#5 posted 03-06-2012 01:25 AM

Thanks everyone for your comments. And yes, Ranger, I did use a hand saw as well as some chisels.

-- Ryan

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#6 posted 03-06-2012 01:29 AM

Great Job Ryan a first class dovetail.

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#7 posted 03-06-2012 02:05 AM

That’s a good job Ryan. Looks perfect

-- I may have lost my marbles, but I still have my love of woodworking

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#8 posted 03-06-2012 02:15 AM

That’s nice work. Maybe I should go back to school and learn something.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#9 posted 03-06-2012 02:19 AM

Looks really good. Looks like you poured it together.

-- "A man may conduct himself well in both adversity and good fortune, but if you want to test his character, give him power." - Abraham Lincoln

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#10 posted 03-06-2012 02:34 AM

That’s beautiful, I don’t do many hand cut anymore, (really it’s been over 10 years) but you appreciate it much more than with a router. I’m probably to lazy to do many more, maybe on a small project. Great job.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#11 posted 03-06-2012 02:41 AM

That is a tight looking joint!

-- Just a man with his chisel.........

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#12 posted 03-06-2012 02:52 AM

Looks great from here !

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#13 posted 03-06-2012 03:10 AM

Looks good… Gonna make me go in the garage and practice now… I’m jealous…

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#14 posted 03-06-2012 03:15 AM

Tight !

-- --- Measure twice, mis-cut, start over, repeat ---

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#15 posted 03-06-2012 03:36 AM

Excellent work Ryan.

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