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Forum topic by Lalaland posted 12-07-2008 03:26 PM 861 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-07-2008 03:26 PM

What does this mean?

Was reading about dovetails online and thinking about a project, like a hope chest, or even a larger carcase where the dovetails are seen and thus part of the design. Got to thinking, “What would happen if each tail was slightly larger, or smaller, than the one next to it, maybe a wave pattern.” Is that what that means? Hambige progression. I was thinking maybe having the middle of the side of the carcase having the largest tail and tapering off to really small ones at the edges. I bet this would be a nightmare to lay out.

Any thoughts, or help?

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#1 posted 12-07-2008 06:59 PM

No. Craftsmen do this all the time. Some of the router dovetailers
do it fairly easily.

In general it’s better to have a couple of smaller ones at the ends
and the wider ones in the middle. This gives you strength where
you need it.

I lay out the tails, cut and clean them out and use the cut tail
boards to lay out the pins. It’s not a mathematical excercise,
it’s an aethetic and workmanlike one.

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#2 posted 12-07-2008 10:01 PM

when you hand cut dovetails it’s real easy to make them any size you want.. it’s harder to make them all match. i usually make mine the same size, but alter the spacing..

a trick i use on laying out dovetails is trust your eye. you can place a dovetail centered between two points by eye a lot quicker then trying to measure and get down to the 100th of an inch..

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