|Project by RJH311||posted 08-23-2012 11:53 PM||2714 views||1 time favorited||7 comments|
So this is my first attempt at hand cut dovetails. I think it turned out just OK. Naturally, I learned a lot building this box. I bought a new saw for this box, a Japanese pull saw as it was much better quality than the old crappy craftsman dovetail saw that I used to have (which, by the way, doesn’t even deserve to be called a dovetail saw at all). Still, it wasn’t a super high quality Japanese saw, just the run of the mill one you get off the shelf at the local Home Depot but I had it on good information that those are comparable quality to the really good ones. I definitely wish that I had used a saw with a rigid spine to it. The flexibility of my saw made it prone to wandering and not quite as accurate. One thing that stands out right away is the little shoulder on the top and bottom of each joint. I wasn’t thinking and I rabbeted the wood for the top and bottom to fit in before I realized that it would mess up my dovetails. But, like any good woodworker I just ran with it and built them into my dovetails, some corners with more success than others. Also, this is the first time I used dowels. It just occurred to me that I forgot to put a few dowels into the joints for a little decorative touch that I was planning. Oh well, next time. All in all I think it turned out alright.