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Blog series by Dave Polaschek updated 06-03-2020 09:47 PM 2 parts 3517 reads 19 comments total

Part 1: Cutting 135 degree dovetails

05-02-2018 11:33 PM by Dave Polaschek | 9 comments »

I couldn’t find anyone describing how to cut dovetails for non-square corners, so I decided to write this up. This trick will work for any angle dovetails, but you’ll have to change up the workholding jigs. This is a description of how to cut dovetails for a 135 degree corner. This is the angle used on an octagonal box (if all the angles are equal). They’re not perfect, and there’s probably a better way to do it, but this is the best I found. My first try cutting 135 degree dovetails us...

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Part 2: Making a herringbone board

06-03-2020 09:47 PM by Dave Polaschek | 10 comments »

I wanted to do something different for a box lid (a sliding lid for a gift box for a bottle of wine, probably), and I recently bought a Bridge City Tools JointMaker Pro (a review will be along one of these days), so I figured I would use it to cut a bunch of (nearly) identical pieces. I started by crosscutting 3/4” cherry and butternut boards into 5” long pieces. Then I set up the JMP to rip pieces about 1/4” wide off those. The butternut went fine, taking about 15 push-pulls p...

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