If thy dovetail offend thee, cut it off!
I decided to not use these dovetails that I have been practicing on. I read on two different articles that you should practice on scrap wood and not on your project (which is what I have been doing). Plus, I want the joints to reflect a similar quality/skill level as the rest of the project. So, I am “ditching” these dovetail pieces and transitioning to rabbet joints (not as strong, not as “flashy”, but adequate) with oak dowels for added strength and appearance. I actually bought enough wood to cover this design change when I had to replace the pins on dovetail number two that I cut matching the tails (oops!).
I made a quick and expedient marking gauge.
The only thing to buy is a thumb screw and dowel. Cheap.
Works pretty well on soft yellow pine.
Also made a couple of bench hooks out of some scrap white pine I had laying around. Really soft wood, but works for what I am doing. Really makes cutting the joints (all straight cuts now) so much easier – and more accurate!
Not extremely precise, but accurate enough and square enough for what I am doing on this project. It is pretty soft wood, but I don’t have any wood that is actually that hard except for a couple of tiny sticks of red oak. Otherwise I have always worked with construction lumber which is fairly soft (except for some old seasoned wood from old chicken barns and old farm houses).
OK, here is the first rabbet cut – all made with just the back saw. Not too shabby. I’m getting better at cutting my straight cuts accurately. I’m thankful for that.
Straight lines, straight cuts. The marking gauge helps a lot.
This is the first rabbet joint held together to see how close my saw cuts come to fitting. Acceptable. I like the way it looks too.
Two pieces cut exactly the same. I like it!
-- Rodney, Arkansas