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Posted on Hand cut dovetails vs. dovetail jig. Which do you use and why?

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#1 posted 07-29-2012 06:26 PM

I think there is a lot of hype around dovetails, handcut dovetails in particular, which modern adhesives have rendered much less important structurally than in days of old. Finger jointing, especially in splintery straight grained woods like Douglas Fir, is less problematic and for all intents and purposes equally good.

I have a Leigh jig which allows me to occasionally cut super dovetails without spending years getting good enough at it to come close by hand. Also, I would argue that the whole reproducton thing is also totally overblown. Look at all the other ways those guys cut corners compared to how it was done in days of old. Handcut dovetails are, in my opinion, as much about marketing as anything else.

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