|Forum topic by Kv0nT||posted 01-13-2014 04:11 PM||834 views||0 times favorited||4 replies|
01-13-2014 04:11 PM
Okay… so I’ve done dovetails way in the past, but I really had no idea what I was doing, and I just kind of lucked out that they looked okay.
Now I’m heading for some more ambitious territory. I am making a blanket chest out of beech (very hard stuff) and I will need to work fast because the wood moves a lot. So in preparation I have been practicing hand cut dovetails in poplar.
I have no difficulty marking out the tails. I have one DT paring chisel so I use that to determine pin size, and I only need one strike to chop out the waste on the tail board. I mark my tails first slightly proud, blah blah blah. After some practice I am sawing very accurately. Then I remove the waste, rabbet the back of the pins by 1/32 to 1/16th and mark the pins. Now here is where things seem to go wrong. I cut the pins fine and they fit very snugly into the tails, however, for some reason the tails will not fully sit on the pin board. There is a very slight gap. I undercut the tails and the pins so I’m really at a loss. Am I not sawing the pins accurately enough? Even with a vise I can’t seem to get the tails to sit properly and they just pop back up when I unvise them anyways.
Just as a note, I am working with 100% accurately square stock. I have a shooting board set up that has given me excellent results, and I check and mark with a precision square.