|Forum topic by Walnut_Weasel||posted 12-18-2009 04:58 PM||4989 views||2 times favorited||9 replies|
12-18-2009 04:58 PM
I have a few newbie questions I was hoping some of you may be able to help me out with.
First some background. I am currently working on a project where it is the first time that I have tried any type of hand cut joint – and I chose box joints. So far things are going well but very slow as I am taking my time to get tight fitting joints. I have already started thinking about the next project and based on how well the box joints have turned out, I want to step up to the next level and tackle dovetails. However there is one thing I am confused about…and it may be causing me to waste a lot of time meticulously fitting the joints.
I see lots of hand cut dovetail close-up pictures on the web but these always seem to only show the joint all the way up to the dry fit, and never after being glued up and trimmed flush (and if they do, the are not a close up.) What I find interesting is that most of the time, the dry fit dovetails shown in these pictures seem to have large gaps between the tails and pins. Will the glue really cause the joint to swell enough to take up that much space? Or is this the reason I can never seem to find close ups? What IS an example of a high quality hand cut dovetail? Does anyone have a blog showing good pictures all the way through the project?
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