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Forum topic by SweatyTeddy posted 10-22-2018 01:23 AM 291 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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SweatyTeddy

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10-22-2018 01:23 AM

I finally have time to get back into my shop. I’ve done some easy stuff to get my groove back on. But tonight I just took a wack at doing dove tail joints….. And I SUCK. I know it’s an art form I grew up watch the woodwrite shop and I remember him making it look so easy. I was surprised at how much I remembered about how he did it. I know there are router bits and jigs and whatnots, but I kinda wanna be able to do it by hand. I would love some tits/hints/tricks on how to do it. I have a few chisels and a cheap dove tail saw.

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TheFridge

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#1 posted 10-22-2018 02:14 AM

Learn how to cut to a line with out having to pare to the line. Sawing is the key to hand cut joinery. Mark scrap with a bunch of 90 degree lines on end grain and face grain and practice sawing on each side of the line without going over.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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AlaskaGuy

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#2 posted 10-22-2018 02:16 AM

I’m at about the same point as you are.

There are a ton of guys on LJ’s that will help. They are helping me.

See this thread. http://lumberjocks.com/topics/292529

Also YouTube has a ton of videos on had cut dovetails. I’ve watched a bunch of them in the week or so. Visual learning it a big help.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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AlaskaGuy

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#3 posted 10-22-2018 02:25 AM


Learn how to cut to a line with out having to pare to the line. Sawing is the key to hand cut joinery. Mark scrap with a bunch of 90 degree lines on end grain and face grain and practice sawing on each side of the line without going over.

- TheFridge

ve been doing this every day, it helps

There are some good tip on hand sawing in this video
https://youtu.be/rMKseOkhcqg

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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TheFridge

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#4 posted 10-22-2018 02:26 AM

It’s not a bad thing to try dovetails. The bad thing is that you spend a lot of time marking instead of cutting.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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Aj2

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#5 posted 10-22-2018 03:19 AM

Here’s a tip. Pick wood for the pins that’s harder then the tail board.
Super soft wood like pine are difficult to chop your baselines nice and clean.
Poplar, soft maple,cherry, walnut are good choices.
Almost forgot to mention Alder for the homies ::)

The saws handle should feel nice in your hand. If your saw cuts to the left point 2 fingers out toward the blade before you change the set. On the teeth

-- Aj

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