Dovetail Table

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Project by Friendlysb posted 05-28-2013 03:06 AM 1974 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is a dovetailed Table that I am almost finished with. All that is left is to put the finish on it. As of right now I just put on a coat of thinned BLO. I am planning on using a coat or 2 of dewaxed shellac, then most likely using arm r seal over the shellac.

This table was made out of 6/4 cherry that had a decent amount of figure. The finished thickness of the boards ended up at about 1 3/8” This was my first project doing hand cut dovetails. I had used a dovetail guide that I had bought off of David Barron. The guide is absolutely awesome.

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#1 posted 05-28-2013 03:10 AM

Beautiful job. Those dove tails are as tight as can be. I love the grain it your piece and the simple style. Very well done!

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#2 posted 05-28-2013 03:30 AM

Wonderful table and outstanding workmanship.

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#3 posted 05-28-2013 04:20 AM

Good job, Is it the guide that has magnets to guide the saw?

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#4 posted 05-28-2013 11:46 AM

Thanks for the comments. Yes this is a guide that has rare earth magnets attached to each side. You cut the tails on one side and flip it to do the tails. Here is a link to show you what it looks like. The one i got was made of metal.

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#5 posted 05-28-2013 12:05 PM

Nice project and good work. I bet that you had fun on this one.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#6 posted 05-28-2013 12:14 PM

Thanks. Yeah this was a fun project. It all starte when my wife saw a table identical to this at Ethan Allan and asked if I make it. I was originally going to try to buy a dovetail jig but couldn’t find one that was reasonably priced that could do thicker material. So I decided to try handcut dovetails and have now become obsessed with hand tools.

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#7 posted 05-28-2013 03:26 PM

Good looking dovetails!!

-- Bobby

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#8 posted 05-29-2013 01:38 PM

Excellent job!! Very nice.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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