Hand-Cut Half Blind Dovetail

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Project by papermate posted 615 days ago 1322 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my hand cut half blind dovetail on the drawer of my table top case. The front is walnut and the side is ash.

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#1 posted 615 days ago

You have done a beautiful job, so much so that it’s difficult to believe you didn’t use a router bit. I have recently done some of these myself for the first time in over ten years of woodworking, and it is a huge challenge with just chisels and a dovetail saw. Mine are not as good as yours. Please tell me that you have done this before! Five times? Ten? Fifty?

-- Paul, Clinton, NC

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#2 posted 615 days ago

congrats, I just completed my first through hand-cut dovetails that I would actually show some one. I’ve built two small boxes using dovetail joints. I made quite a few attempts before getting the hang of it. Until I bought a dozuki saw, all my attempts looked like a cub-scoult project gone wrong. I haven’t attempted any half-blind ones yet. Nice work.

-- John, Phoenix-AZ

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#3 posted 615 days ago

Second time doing hand cut half blind dovetails. Normally I do through dovetails, but these are better for drawers. I just use the veritas 20tpi dovetail and saw and the Japanese bevel edge chisels and the veritas DX60 Block Plane for trimming the 1/32 proud tails. Thanks

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#4 posted 614 days ago

One day I will come to this point ;) ... Congrats, very well done.

-- - Greetings from Brazil - --

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#5 posted 614 days ago

Congratulations papermate, you have mastered the Force. Now you are a true wood Jedi. Enjoy you new powers, for they can be used for much good – Woodworking that is.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#6 posted 614 days ago

Really good! I wish I could cut dovetails that good!

-- If I can do can you! -AJswoodshop

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#7 posted 614 days ago

Looks very good to me. Those woods will really make those nice dovetails pop

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

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#8 posted 614 days ago

Congrats …they look great : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#9 posted 614 days ago

those are handsome dovetails

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