First dovetails

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Project by ccanderson102 posted 02-02-2013 10:20 PM 1708 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

While tinkering in the garage the other night while the temps were above freezing I decided to try dovetails for the first time. I Cut the tails with the bandsaw and the tails with a wimpy coping saw. I found it to be very therapeutic but then I realized that to do it right it it is going to cost me a few more new tools. I see a dovetail saw and some chisels in my future

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#1 posted 02-02-2013 10:55 PM

Now that you have done one, you just will not be able to stop and the proper tools will assist you in this activity, great job

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#2 posted 02-02-2013 11:54 PM

Congratulations on completing the rite of passage! The first is the most difficult.

-- Art

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#3 posted 02-03-2013 12:40 AM

Awesome job. Glad to see your expanding your woodworking skills. I just completed my first project using dovetails. Check it out here. Keep on working on your dovetails.

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#4 posted 02-11-2013 09:02 AM

Keep on working on your dovetails. Read books, watch videos and practice, practice and more practice.
But it’s true: a dovetail saw and some good chisels will help a lot.
Accurate layout and precise transferring are also part of getting sharp and clean dovetails.

When I work on some dovetails, I forget everything…....

-- Bas, Holland

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