Duginske tablesaw/bandsaw dovetails with wider end pins

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Forum topic by RipFence posted 04-17-2016 11:06 PM 615 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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04-17-2016 11:06 PM

Hello All:
Some of you may be familiar with the way Mark Duginske cuts through dovetails with a bandsaw or with a combination of tablesaw and bandsaw. I recently did a dresser with all the dovetail drawers cut that way and false fronts added. The one thing that bothered me was that all the tails have to be the same width. So rather than go as narrow as possible I picked a happy medium between super narrow middle pins and beefy end pins.
That compromise has been rattling around in the back of my head for a year or so.
Today I took a shot at using the same technique but with a modification to allow slightly wider outside pins. It ended up being a fairly simple modification requiring only an additional spacer for the outside cuts on the pins and tails. Here is a pic of proof of concept (yes I know its not a tight fit by Duginske standards). The two pins in the middle are about 1/8” and the two on the outside are about 1/4”. I suppose you could go as narrow as the blade you have so maybe a smaller narrow skill saw blade could get you down even further. If you use only the bandsaw then you could get them down to ~1/16th”.
If you’re interested I can share my notes but they may or may not make sense to anyone but me.

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#1 posted 04-18-2016 12:15 AM

The method works, for sure. I did it a bit when I was
starting out and it gave me confidence to try hand
cutting them. I haven’t used dovetails that often
so I don’t resent the time investment in hand cutting
them now and then and of course the hand cut ones
have a certain charm. For producing runs of dovetails
for box corners I think you could do a lot worse than
setting up a band saw to do it. Using routers is kind
of unpleasant imo and since all the removed stock
has to be turned into dust with router methods there’s
a good mess made.

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