Handcut dovetails

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Blog entry by AaronK posted 01-16-2010 08:32 PM 4737 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I wont be winning any prizes, but figured I’d give dovetails a shot. you’ve got to try em at least once, right?

i didnt use a pattern, just drew them on at an 80ยบ angle, non-even spacing, and traced the tails onto the other board for the pins. if you can imagine, i’m actually impressed with my ability to saw in a straight line! now I just need to decide which side of the line i need to be cutting on! So they’re a bit loose (which is why they fit the first time), but not as awful as i’d expected they’d be.

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#1 posted 01-16-2010 08:39 PM

I took a class and my first ones turned out better than the rest.
learning on which side of the line is important.
Practice with a saw on line cuts is helpful
Ian kirby said to practice one dovetail each day before the start of work is helpful.
good luck it is not as easy as it looks.

-- Bruce. a mind is like a book it is only useful when open.

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#2 posted 01-16-2010 10:00 PM

Very well done for a first. Cutting dovetails by hand is a kind of initiation into woodworking. Keep up the good work.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 01-17-2010 03:16 AM

very good work for first try, maybe next time try using a marking knife instead of pencil , you can get a closer fit.

-- Measure twice, cut once, then force it to fit.

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#4 posted 01-17-2010 03:23 AM

Nice try.

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