|Review by DKV||posted 02-04-2014 05:47 AM||3999 views||0 times favorited||14 comments|
My first attempt at using the Veritas guide. I could have filled in some of the chips with sawdust and glue but figured since I’m just practicing I’ll let it go. Here’s what I found/prefer. I like to use the guide to about 3/4 the cut, remove the guide and finish using the cut slot only. That way I can better see the line to stop at. Let the saw do the work and add no pressure. I only used sharp pencil marks, cut inside the line of the waste side and made sure the fit was tight. I pared accordingly.It took me awhile but these turned out better than previous free handing. I’ll get better and quicker each time. Bottom line, I like the guide and will use often.
Now my second attempt using the Veritas dovetail guide.
The second time I left the tails and pins a little proud and then planed them down using (of course) my Veritas bevel up smoothing plane. Also, I used my Veritas wheel marking gauge and Veritas dovetail saddle marker. I’m a Veritas kind of guy.
Anyway, I will also post my third and fourth attempts. Right now it’s looking like anyone can do professional dovetails with a little help from Veritas. I also suspect that over time I will automatically get the sawing down to natural ability and not have to use the guide. I can then use my Veritas dovetail saw. Only time will tell…