Blind Dovetails? #2: day 2...a little better

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 10-28-2020 04:15 AM 512 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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Found out a couple items….on the end of most bevel gauges, the blade ends at an angle…

Which also matches the angles I use for my dovetails. I can simply leave the blade locked out straight with the handle. I can lay that blade along the rebate….and lay out the pins..

So, if I start with a half pin on each edge, and work towards the center….

I even gained another pin! Then, while using the No. 68 Dovetail saw….IF I also used the putty knife as a kerf knife..

There is no wedging action going on…the sides are NOT sharpened, and have no bevels….makes things easier to chop out the waste…

So…started chopping out..leaving the pins behind..

That be the half pin…doesn’t take all that long…to chop the rest out..

Then I can use this, to lay out the tails..

Once again..these are not through tails…they only go 1/2” deep…leaving a 1/4” thick floor..

Which is why this is the layout on the end….the places where the 1/2pins go…take 3 saw cuts….and is kind of tricky to chisel the waste away….

Have to watch how the kerf knife is driven in….risks splitting the side….

Finally get those done, then the rest of the tails…

Make sure to not gouge the “floor”, should be flush with the line…

Something like this? Dry fit next

gap is getting smaller…outside, and ..

Inside…makes it hard to tell IF there are dovetails in there….trying to get an outside corner looking like this..

2 corners done, 2 to go. Shop was closed on Monday…..had to combine Day #3 and Day #4 into one session on Tuesday…

Stay tuned….

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#1 posted 10-28-2020 12:36 PM

Nice step by step tutorial!
They’re coming along nicely.

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