How to Cut Half-Lap Dovetails with Hand Tools - at Roy Underhill's Woodwright's School

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Blog entry by WoodAndShop posted 05-15-2014 12:46 PM 4058 reads 3 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch

By Joshua Farnsworth (Writer at

I shot the above detailed Video of master joiner Bill Anderson at Roy Underhill’s Woodwright’s School in Pittsboro, North Carolina. Bill shows how to cut a half-lap dovetail joint that covers the bottom groove in dovetail boxes. This excellent joint not only looks amazing, but it hides your grooves! BTW, he used mahogany wood on this joint.

View the original blog post here.

Yes, this video is longer than my typical videos, but is worth it. It’s an honor to have someone like Bill share such amazing detail. You’d normally have to pay for something like this.

In addition to teaching at the Woodwright’s School, Bill Anderson is also a regular contributor to Popular Woodworking Magazine (read his great bow saw article here) and a repeat visitor on The Woodwright’s Shop tv show.

Here’s a free Woodwright’s Shop episode with Bill: click here.

If you missed the previous post about using a Stanley 45 Combination Plane to cut your grooves, click here to watch the video.

I hope you enjoy Bill’s simple, yet detailed tutorial!

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