Help!!! My First Dove Tail, but now I'm out of plane

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Forum topic by Letorix posted 09-26-2011 02:36 AM 1144 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-26-2011 02:36 AM

Well, don’t laugh. It’s my first attempt, and my first day of feeling some zen with a wood chisel…just wish it had come a little earlier in the day…and some common sense would have been a huge bonus :-).

So this is for my tail vise, but now I have the tops out of plane. So question is, I can remove some material from the pin or tail or I can try to re-plane the tops and sides. Which one? To pretty things up on the joint, I was thinking of trying some inlay to to make it seem as though the joint was an inlaid dovetail.

Next question, use epoxy or TiteBond II ? I want it to fill the voids and be strong for the vice.

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#1 posted 09-26-2011 02:47 AM

I say fix the joint since your material is already planed and thicknessed appropriately, any re planing would throw the whole thing off and will only lead to additional realignment requirements.

“fixing” a loose dovetail or an imperfect dovetail is actually easier than one would think and will leave you with a clean looking joint. I see no reason to use epoxy here as you are gluing wood to wood – titebond and equivalent will work the best.

heres my way of fixing dovetails in case of emergency:

If I were you, I would just relieve some extra material off the tail/socket/pin realign the tops and fill in the gaps with slivers of same material during glue up and you’ll never see it was there to begin with.

Or if you are really anal about it, you can glue some veneers on the tail/pin let it dry and recut the joint.

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#2 posted 09-26-2011 03:20 AM

Yea after settling down, I think the the veneer technique will be fun to try. and if I screw that up I can just saw up another section and remake the pin the section with the dog holes won’t be lost.. I have some walnut veneer that might work.

I’m mainly concerned about the integrity of the joint. Wanted a sanity check on all that glue in the voids.


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#3 posted 09-29-2011 12:24 AM

I agree with the first comment. Relieve a little bit and then try your hand at the veneer! It actualy is a very beautiful technique which you might get a chance to learn on accident!
Oh and by the way…feel good, I wish I had some “Zen with a chisel” in general!

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