|Forum topic by TheBronzeoakleaf||posted 01-17-2013 01:04 AM||1240 views||0 times favorited||8 replies|
01-17-2013 01:04 AM
So I’m youtubing and I come across Rob Cosman (about a million videos) talking about cutting dovetails tails-first.
I don’t know much about the man, except he seems adept (to say the least) at marketing himself and his tools.
Anyway, he mentions seeing Frank Klaus cut his three-minute dovetails and says that someone from the other side of the fence should reply; meaning someone from the “tails-first” side. Meaning, of course, himself.
I myself have always cut pins-first, but to be honest, the first dovetail video I ever saw was Frank showing how easy it was to cut dovetails. I was hooked, so pins first it was.
Until I saw Rob. Boy, can he cut dovetails. He explains that cutting tails-first reduces by one step the amount of work you have to do.
I’m not sure which is better, but I can’t wait to try. I just finished cutting my first compound angle dovetails (they’re easier than you think), and am anxious to try cutting my first dovetails tails-first.
Any opinions on this? Is it really that passionate of an argument with some of you? I admit that dovetails get way to much attention paid to them as a method of joinery, but they’re just so darned pretty.
I’m looking forward to some feedback on this.