|Forum topic by Lalaland||posted 09-17-2007 05:39 AM||1197 views||1 time favorited||4 replies|
09-17-2007 05:39 AM
Ok, after reading and watching several videos on the subject, now I’ve gotten myself confused. And worse, I got to thinking. Dangerous.
When laying out the dovetails, I’ve gotten various information as to how to set the marking gauge. Ian Kirby, in his book “The Complete Dovetail” recommends setting the gauge to less than the thickness of the stock. Rob Cosman, in his video “Hand Cut Dovetails” recommends setting the gauge to less than the thickness of the stock. Lonnie Bird recommends setting the gauge to the exact thickness of the stock. And Tage Frid recommends setting the gauge to slightly more than the thickness. Which is it?
Seems to me that if the gauge is set to greater than the thickness of the stock, then there will be extra wood to plane off after the joint is glued, which take away from the overall length of the stock. Seems that would throw off the dimensions of the box or drawer.
If the gauge is set to less than the thickness of the stock, then the joint is glued up and still there is stock to be planed, which now takes away from the thickness of the stock.
If the stock has been planed to proper dimensions and the marking gauge is set to exactly the thickness of this, then if the joint is cut accurately, the dimensions remain in tact, and the joint is true. Problem is, you’re left with unsightly gauge lines on the finished product.
So, any thoughts? I always think my way into a corner. lol