Inlaid dovetails - a video tutorial

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Forum topic by Al Navas posted 10-29-2007 02:03 AM 7326 views 1 time favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Al Navas

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10-29-2007 02:03 AM

Topic tags/keywords: video lj-css inlaid dovetail leigh d4 sycamore primary walnut accent

Well, I have done it now – I just posted on my blog ( ) Parts 1 and 2 of a video tutorial on how to make inlaid dovetails using the Leigh D4 jig. I used sycamore as the primary wood, and walnut as the accent inlays.

Part 1 is The Basics: General preparation, Intro, How to adjust the fingers on the D4 to allow the inlays of specific thickness.

Part 2 is the actual cutting of the tails and pins, to the point of gluing the walnut to the sycamore.

Part 3 (later this week, I hope…) will cover cutting the pin sockets on the walnut, leaving the walnut inlays.

Leave me a Comment at the blog, and let me know how you like the tutorial. Enjoy!

-- Al Navas, Country Club, MO,

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#1 posted 10-29-2007 04:04 AM

Good job, so far. I understand what you are doing.

I’m looking forward to the next episode.

-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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#2 posted 10-29-2007 04:25 AM

Hi Al

Thanks for putting this video together. I am just getting into woodworking and have known for a long time, I learn much quicker and retain things once I see someone perform a task. So your video is much appreciated.

I look forward to the instructional video on inlay technique.

Best Wishes,


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#3 posted 10-29-2007 05:18 AM

Nice work! They’re fun to make, aren’t they.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#4 posted 10-29-2007 05:55 AM

Great video, will be waiting for the rest…. Thanks

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#5 posted 10-29-2007 03:04 PM

Thanks for all the nice words, everyone! I will keep going, with my target to finish editing Part 3 this week. I must maker other saw dust, so this will keep me busy and make it a pretty enjoyable week. Wish me luck… lol

-- Al Navas, Country Club, MO,

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#6 posted 10-31-2007 11:19 PM

Al -

That was a great video series – looking forward to the next installment! Thanks so much for sharing. You have a very interesting blog / website – had a lot of fun exploring.



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#7 posted 11-01-2007 05:50 AM

Thanks Al, very informative video and blog/website. I read from the top to the bottom and have bookmarked it for frequent return visits. I am impressed with your shop and it’s layout.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#8 posted 11-02-2007 03:27 PM

You guys made my day. Thanks for the kind words!

David, Part 3 is already posted at my blog. Thanks for looking.

-- Al Navas, Country Club, MO,

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#9 posted 04-24-2008 01:08 PM

Hi Al,

I stumbled on to your inlayed dovetail videos at You did a better job of explaining than the manual does!

I mentioned your video not knowing you were here and had posted it. But it’s such a cool series that is deserves another look!

-- Made lots of sawdust and pounded some nails. Haven't finished anything, though.

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