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Jon Spelbring

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#1 posted 02-12-2010 09:27 PM


Yes, Cosman uses the 2nd set of dividers for marking out the half pins (step 1). I usually just use my combo square – 1/4-3/8” depending on the wood thickness. I think he uses the divider in the case of making several pieces so that all of the 1/2 pin sizes match up (like a set of drawers).

As others have said – go get the video; IMO it’s well worth it. I’m currently on about day 15 of my 30 days of “A dovetail a day keeps the gaps away”.

Good luck!

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