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RickG83

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810 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: jig question

I picked up this wonderful jig and saw combo tonight at Lee Valley to cut 1:8 dovetails. I didn’t realize that getting rid of the waste material was where there was the most room for error. Does anybody have tips or tricks to remove the waste? I was thinking I could do quite a bit of it with my scroll saw and tilt the table 8 degrees to do the pins, then chisel away and use a small file to level everything out. You can see in the picture that i’m going to have to experiment a little with the placement of the jig to my pencil lines since the joints are really loose. I got a tremendous sense of accomplishment doing this though and look forward to getting the hang of it.
I appreciate any advice anybody can give.


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#1 posted 810 days ago

chris schwarze has good book called anarhist’s tool chest. it would be a good book for you.
tells of the most important tools to buy (40) and how to use them.

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#2 posted 810 days ago

Sharp pencil, very sharp chisels, and practice. Not that I am a dovetail pro, but those are things that definitely helped me.

-- -Joshuah

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