Dovetail joint on a post, need a little help

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Forum topic by FrogpondWoodworks posted 08-03-2015 11:31 PM 823 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-03-2015 11:31 PM

Topic tags/keywords: shaker joining cherry question dovetails

So I am almost finished with my Shaker Candle Stand. I’m down to cutting the dovetails on the legs and on the post. It calls for a 14 deg dovetail. I don’t have that bit and really don’t want to order one at this point. What’s some alternative ways to make this joint? I have a 1/2” and 3/8” dovetail bit that came in a set but it doesn’t cut deep enough. The dovetail comes up 9/16” from the end. For those that have the magazine, it’s the Shaker stand done in the Fine Woodworking 239 issue.

-- Rich, Kentucky

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#1 posted 08-04-2015 01:06 AM

Dovetail saw and a chisel?

-- Learn Relentlessly

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#2 posted 08-04-2015 01:15 AM

Use what you have and cut to fit. You’re only talking about a 16th difference and you are cutting the socket to fit the tail.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#3 posted 08-04-2015 02:56 PM

Dovetail saw and a chisel?

- dyfhid

uh, yeah?? Dude if you don’t have any hand tools this is a reason to have some!

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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#4 posted 08-04-2015 04:14 PM

Here’s Roy Underhill on the topic.

-- Bob Anderton - Austin, TX - Nova 3000 lathe, Alaskan Mark III mill, Husqavarna Saw

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