methods of work #42: Cutting dovetails using a bow saw part 1

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Blog entry by Loren posted 08-11-2014 04:52 PM 2897 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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#1 posted 08-11-2014 11:57 PM

Interesting video & point of view on cutting dovetails. I agree with you on tails first, with the same reasoning you expressed in the video. I find it much easier to achieved tight joints that way.

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#2 posted 08-14-2014 08:32 PM

I prefer to cut pins first. Narrow dovetails are a lot easier to mark from the pins than the other way around and it’s easy to cut accurately because you save the lines. I started out cutting tails first and never got the accuracy I wanted. I am not touting this as the ‘correct’ way. Each method has it’s followers.

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#3 posted 08-15-2014 01:16 AM

When I find my little special marking knife that solves
that pin marking problem I’ll make another video.

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#4 posted 09-13-2014 01:03 AM

I will be looking forward to it. I enjoyed this video.

I have no earthly idea the first thing about hand cutting a dovetail. If I had to I could fail forward fast and learn. Cool video. We have always used a PC router and Akeda jig and now we use our CNC.

Thanks for the video Loren.

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