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#1 posted 03-05-2015 12:42 PM

I see what you’re saying, because I do French drawers (which is what you’re doing) plus side mount them, so there’s some juggling to get the dovetails around the dadoes.

But I do pins first, so it’s easy, just space them by eye after you’ve cut all your dadoes. For half-blind and blind dovetails you have to do pins first anyway, maybe that’s why some old schools (like my grandfather’s) worked pins first on everything.

Seems to me that you should be able to lay out tails first, though. Just check it out lightly in pencil first. Either way, do your dadoes first.

Hope this helps, dunno.

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