Trying to get better... #1: My first hand cut dovetail!

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Blog entry by Alexandre posted 09-29-2012 09:59 PM 1355 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Geez… Now people are going to make fun of me :(
But hey, practise makes perfect :P

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#1 posted 09-29-2012 10:19 PM

better than mine for sure but that’s why I hand cut mine on a dovetail jig

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Jim Jakosh

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#2 posted 09-29-2012 10:33 PM

You’ve got the idea, now it just take practice to refine it. I have never cut one, but I think I would make the pin oversize and then sneak up on the fit with the chisel! Thanks for sharing!!.............JIM

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#3 posted 09-29-2012 10:45 PM

X, well you made an attempt. Maybe it’s not as you would like it, but it is a start.
Keep it, and when, after more practice you make a perfect one, look back at this one and feel good.

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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#4 posted 09-29-2012 11:43 PM

I am no dovetail expert, but I can tell your using dull tools. You might want to try to really get a sharp blade on your chisels. It will go from major pain to wow that wasn’t hard at all. Plus make ALL your cuts over sized and then use the chisel to sneak up on the line.
try this site for step by step instructions.

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#5 posted 09-29-2012 11:47 PM

No one is going to laugh at you Alexandre – hand cut dovetails are HARD! And I’ll bet less than half the members of LJ have even tried to do one – so you are already way ahead of all of those woodworkers! This will be a fun reminder in a few months when you get really good – a reminder that making these takes a lot of practice! And now, you have started. There are lots of videos on different ways to do them – check out a few until you find one that seems the most natural to you.

I just got the Veritas dovetail kit because I knew I was never going to master these without some help. It is really nice – you might hint that you want one for Christmas (order it from Lee Valley).

-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

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#6 posted 09-30-2012 12:05 AM

You’ve gotten further than I have. lol Practice does make perfect (kinda). I’ve seen guys who will do nothing except dovetails all day long, putting 2 boards together with them. Make a pair, then toss em in a pile, and then, make another pair, etc. One day, I’ll git round to it. Yer doin just fine. Be patient. Nothing will ever be perfect, and, it’s ok to make mistakes. The key is to be able to keep goin forward.

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#7 posted 09-30-2012 12:09 AM

kookaburra, I have gotten a Pm-V11… I cant spend much for some time :/ :P

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#8 posted 09-30-2012 02:19 AM

Dey, I’m actually using Razer sharp tools…
Its just that its pine, and I suck at pine, and that my picture is blurry…

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#9 posted 09-30-2012 01:07 PM

Hey that looks great. It all fits together, you just got to tighten it up.

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