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first hand cut dovetails, some images may be disturbing to hand tool woodworkers

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Project by cutmantom posted 346 days ago 1394 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The material was prepared using machinery, cheating I know,then I used Frank Klause method to cut the pins,well as best as I could remember how he did it, and to my surprise everything came together with very little chisel work.the bottom is tongue and grooved in, this was done on the table saw but it was to tight.I used a rabbeting plane to adjust the fit.
Sanded to 220 and so far one coat of poly using a rag as i couldn’t find a brush at the time
Things I learned .my saw could be sharper .my bench setup needs to improve for handtool work .I need better lighting





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BigRedKnothead

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#1 posted 346 days ago

Looks like a pretty good start to me. It’ll only take a lifetime to master those buggers eehh?;)

-- Red -- "Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: What! You too? I thought I was the only one." C.S. Lewis

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Don W

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#2 posted 346 days ago

i’d say that’s a great start.

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Charles Maxwell

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#3 posted 346 days ago

Impressive start!

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jlasersmith

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#4 posted 345 days ago

For cheap good lighting I use the metal shrouds from the BORG and some 100 watt equivalent CFL bulbs. I am never buying another long shop light again. The dovetails look nice.

-- I tell you, we are here on Earth to fart around, and don't let anybody tell you different. -Kurt Vonnegut

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Oldtool

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#5 posted 345 days ago

They look pretty good to me, nice work.

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Kevin

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#6 posted 345 days ago

Great work, the joints look nice and tight.

-- Measure twice, cut once, then rout a whole bunch

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CL810

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#7 posted 345 days ago

Nothing disturbing here – look better than my first tails. Great start that shows you understand DT layout.

-- "It's amazing how much can go wrong when you think you know what you're doing."

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theoldfart

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#8 posted 345 days ago

They look just fine, remember dovetails are a mechanical joint. As long as they are tight they will work. THe cosmetic stuff will come with practice. Keep on cutting them,you’l see!
So go have at it.

-- "Aged flatus, I heard that some one has already blown out your mortise." THE Surgeon ……………………………………. Kevin

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cutmantom

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#9 posted 345 days ago

Thanks for all the replys, I think my next step will be using a miter at the bottom to hide the groove

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