Sauce's adventures in woodworking #1: I may make 1000 dovetail joints in my lifetime

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Blog entry by SauceMan posted 05-21-2017 06:43 AM 1892 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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...but even if I make 1000 or 1000000 joints, this will always be my first one.

Made out of a couple of scraps of pine. Soft woods make for interesting chisel work across the grain.

It’s not great, but it holds pretty tightly. I wonder if some wood glue will seal up a few of those gaps if the wood expands a little. I’ll find out tomorrow when I glue it up.

In case you were wondering about that missing corner on the far end of the joint… I marked the wood wrong initially. I then flipped it over and worked on the other side. It doesn’t count :)

Tools used:

  • Chisels
  • Hammer
  • Japanese Z saw
  • Combination square
  • Pencil
  • Utility knife


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#1 posted 05-21-2017 01:32 PM

Sauceman, I like your style!

-- Making scrap with zen-like precision - Woodbutchery

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#2 posted 05-21-2017 02:32 PM

They look good for first time. You definitely need sharp tools for soft woods.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#3 posted 05-21-2017 07:07 PM

Sauceman, I like your style!

- Woodbutchery

Hey man, thanks! We all gotta start somewhere, right?

They look good for first time. You definitely need sharp tools for soft woods.

- johnstoneb

Thanks! I need to sharpen my tools. I did get a stone but I wanted to wait on getting one of those little jigs for my chisels. I know it can be done freehand, but I don’t trust myself yet—I want to use as much help as I can get at first. As I hone my skills (pun intended), I’ll be able to do the same to my blades freehand.


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