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01-26-2013 01:03 AM

I’m trying to get into a groove with the dovetailing and can’t quite seem to find the most efficient way.

Work one end of each board to completion (sawing down the lines, coping saw for the bulk of the waste, then chisel it all clean), or saw down the lines of all four tail board ends (individually), then cope them all, then chisel them all, then switch to scribing pin boards? Any tricks out there I’m obviously missing?

I’ve tried cutting two tail boards at once and don’t really think it saves any time – at least with my current saw. Just ordered the LV veritas 14tpi saw.
Looking for an efficient operation here with 14 drawers left.

Thanks.


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#1 posted 01-26-2013 01:13 AM

ive just come to accept that half blind dovetails take time, but i can clip threw the through dovetails pretty quick on my band saw for drawers. for the dovetails on case goods i usually work one joint at a time making sure i mark on each board which corner it goes to and the top, and make sure i got a comfy chair lol

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#2 posted 01-26-2013 01:13 AM

sorry, i should have clarified: these are through dovetails. but yea, maybe there’s no real “whiz/bam/boom” way of doing it by hand.

at first i really enjoyed the slow and methodical pace, but now i’m looking for ways to be more efficient.

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#3 posted 01-26-2013 01:22 AM

chris swartz built a hanging tool chest for pop wood and he said he cut dovetails for 3 days, i remember thinking ” the hell with that!” now if i have alot of dovetails to do ill work on them for awhile then move on to something else for awhile the come back to them

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#4 posted 01-26-2013 01:25 AM

Got a band saw?

-- http://lawoodworking.com

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#5 posted 01-26-2013 01:26 AM

yes.

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#6 posted 01-26-2013 01:49 AM

Get a 1/8” blade (get 2 actually, and a brazing kit). You
rip the tails anyway you like, then go to the 1/8”
blade and cut a parallel kerf in each tail so you can
chisel out a 1/8” wide section. Then set up a
fence and you can saw the waste out and pretty
much skip the chisel work.

The same trick can work on a scroll saw too.

If you’re making the pins really small, sawing out
the waste between the tails may not save much
time. You can saw out waste between pins
using a variant on the technique where you just
rip a kerf 1/8” wide and use that to get the
blade in there sideways and use the fence
as before.

-- http://lawoodworking.com

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