Skill Building #1: Mitered Dovetails Anyone?

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Blog entry by Smitty_Cabinetshop posted 03-29-2011 06:58 PM 5517 reads 1 time favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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Every project’s layout phase, for me, is like spring training – what happened last season is a foundation to build upon; all things are possible when starting fresh. And it’s also an opportunity to set goals that, upon further review, seem almost unattainable. I find myself in that situation right now on something in the shop that’s been underway for a couple weeks.

One specific joinery element I’ve decided to incorporate into the build is the mitered dovetail joint. Late last year I did the ‘dovetail a day’ project and got to Day 24 before I was confident enough to build a drawer in white oak using half-blind dovetails. Those joints went well and the finished product was better than I had hoped for. But now mitered dovetails… Uhg. As my wife’s aunt tells me quite often, “You sure like to aggravate yourself!”

Last night I tried cutting the joint, and in a word the first run was AWFUL. On-line research last night says cut three of them and the joint will then be yours. Guess I need to double down (triple down?) and get to work, ‘lest my season’s goals not be met!


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#1 posted 03-29-2011 09:17 PM

No pictures? Then it didn’t happen… <grin>

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