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Posted on Handcut Dovetail Problems

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#1 posted 08-14-2012 02:03 PM

For me as I was (and still am) starting out, I marked my baseline about 1/16, or even 1/8 inch too deep on both pieces of wood, that way, I’m ABSOLUTELY SURE to have the tails and pins stick out proud once the joint is together…and then I just plane away the excess. That, and just make sure on your first piece you cut that the baseline is dead flat all the way across. use some kind of straight-edge to check it.

Here is an example from my tool chest, which was the first real dovetail endeavor for me…

-- I'm strictly hand-tool only...unless the power tool is faster and easier!

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