My very first dovetail - EVER

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Forum topic by jtm posted 05-30-2014 01:56 AM 1167 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-30-2014 01:56 AM

So I watched a few videos on hand-cut dovetails and decided to give it a go for the heck of it.

Now before you laugh, please keep in mind that this is my very first dovetail – ever. That includes router jigs as well. Think of it more as a proof of concept.

I know it’s terrible, but I made it with two scraps of pine, an old coping saw with a lot of blade deflection, and two Harbor Freight butter knives (chisels). I also did it in less than a couple of minutes.

Once I get myself a pull-saw and some sharp chisels, I’ll be off to the races.

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Mark Shymanski

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#1 posted 05-30-2014 02:01 AM

It would be kind of spooky if you banged out perfect dovetails on your very first go…these look like great dovetails, I think you are off to a great start! Welcome to Lumberjocks!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#2 posted 05-30-2014 02:18 AM

My first one took three hours and didn’t look half as good as yours.

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#3 posted 05-30-2014 01:21 PM

I’m definitely not laughing!

These are better than many of mine, and I’ve done thousands of dovetails.

Great job,


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#4 posted 05-30-2014 01:28 PM

Congrats, well done! And now the fun really begins!

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Bill White

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#5 posted 05-30-2014 01:49 PM

“Butter knives”? Bwahahaha!
Sure looks better than my first ones.


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#6 posted 05-30-2014 01:51 PM

Those look way better than my first try, nice work! I have the Veritas dovetail saw and really like it, however when I started, I used the Harbor Freight small pull saw for about 6 months (the one with the short blade and wooden handle) and it worked well for me, as long as you let the saw do the work and don’t force it (in which case the blade deflected all over the place).

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#7 posted 05-30-2014 03:21 PM

Well done and keep up the good work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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