Southern Yellow Pine Work Surface (workbench) #12: Dovetail Saga - Dovetail Number Three

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Blog entry by ruddhess posted 03-13-2015 01:10 AM 981 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Tails of dovetail number three. Middle is humped up, but at least it’s not cut past the mark like the ends are.

Starting to look sloppy. I’m not sure if I was getting tired or what here. Good picture though – the camera decided to focus on the boxes and stuff in the background.

Dovetail number three I think – Whoa! Little bit of a gap there dude!

And the view from the end – Wow, too much space in between the parts. I know what happened though. The first dovetail, I was very cautious (because I had never done one before) and I ended up trimming and paring a lot to make it fit (apparently that is what you are supposed to do – but it seemed like a LOT of work – but probably because I hadn’t sharpened my chisels and I wasn’t using them on these dovetails – not good.)

-- Rodney, Arkansas

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#1 posted 03-13-2015 01:26 AM

Sharp tool are a must, especially with softwoods, where the fibers tend to compress instead of shear if the tool is getting dull. I’d try making a dove tail guide and using a marking knife if you haven’t.

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#2 posted 03-13-2015 01:59 AM

TheFridge – you are so right. I was SO being lazy and not using a chisel. I did eventually buy a 5/8” Kobalt chisel a couple nights ago. Sharpened that baby up tonight after I got off work (I am actually working on making some dado cuts on my uprights for my stretchers – and I am taking my time with my saw cuts and then knocking out small chunks of waste at a time with the chisel. It is sharp enough to easily clean up the bottom of the dado too). I had thought about making a galvanized metal template for my dovetails, and next time I will do that. It makes marking the tails quicker and easier. At least they are the same that way.

-- Rodney, Arkansas

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