Woodworking blog entries tagged with 'dovetail'

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Workshop operational tips. #26: Unconfuse the Leigh D4R configuration.

10-28-2020 11:16 AM by LittleBlackDuck | 7 comments »

Boys and Girls, While following a totally unrelated bouncing ball…, a search of ”Leigh D4R” revealed quite a few reviews, blogs and projects centered around the jig. This indicates to me that there may be a wider range of members that relish in the benefit of their outlaid expense… (it wasn’t cheap). If you hand cut your dovetails… bye.If you use a PC dovetailer… or not a D4R... bye. I’m not going to parrot past members contributions and little miss echo can go and have ...

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Jefferson Bookcases #8: Cleaning up a dovetail

08-12-2020 07:06 PM by Dave Polaschek | 11 comments »

A couple years ago, when I was new to woodworking, I read about how to cut dovetails by hand, and how to clean them up. But a lot of it was mysterious. How close can I saw to the line? What happens if the dovetail is too tight to go together when I test fit it? What if it’s too loose? So in order to write down some of the things I’ve learned over the years, here’s a look at one dovetail on the pin-board, from after I’ve made the vertical cuts to until the tail board fits over it well enoug...

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Skill building #1: Making dovetails

06-09-2020 02:59 AM by dbray45 | 6 comments »

I learned how to do dovetails a number of years ago. I bought a jig and actually got it to work – once. It only did blind dovetails and for the price was a royal pain in the backside. I watched Norm do dovetails on the bandsaw by tilting the table one way, then the other – not going to happen. Saw somebody else do them on the tablesaw, nice but not my cup of tea either. Saw the video – dovetails with Frank Klausz. I have to say, I may get that good – in about 30 ...

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02-10-2020 05:59 PM by Stock | 1 comment »

Akeda 16 dovetail jig for sale. $400.00 plus shipping. I bought this jig to use in my cabinet shop but never had any of my shop people get it to efficiently make dovetails. As you can see from the photos it has a few scratches and marks but they do not affect the functionality of the tool. There was a DVD that my local Woodcraft store had but I never was able to obtain a copy. I closed my business in 2009 and have been selling off my tools as I unpack them. My. Hope is that this precision too...

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Small Projects #8: Jatoba and Marble Plant Stand

01-27-2020 10:21 PM by Madmark2 | 0 comments »

This is a project I made about 20 years ago. It’s out of jatoba with a “Tito’s Green” marble floor tile inset into the top. The wood is finished with Johnson’s paste floor wax and the jatoba has darkened to the lovely burgundy color you see here:Jatoba Plant Stand Marble is porous and watering spills will be absorbed and evaporate. Being a floor tile instead of a wall tile it is thicker and heavier than a wall tile. The unit was quite heavy as I just planed...

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Bookcase #2: Only Joint I know

12-20-2019 04:38 PM by BlueRidgeDog | 3 comments »

With the inlay done and the top and bottom cut to finished length, the next step is to join the two. I really only know one joint and that is a dove tail. I laid out some tight pins at 11 degrees: For me the key to a great dovetail is a perfect tail (no snickering). If you get them perfectly at a right angle to the face, the joint is likely to work. For this reason I use either a band saw or table saw for the cut. In this case I did the cut with the table saw: This was ...

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Moravian Workbench #9: A Shelf

09-29-2019 03:05 PM by Tom | 1 comment »

The Moravian workbench is really designed for use with hand tools. Having a shelf below the bench is helpful to set some tools and keep larger items out of the way. The original example at Old Salem had a simple shelf which was a board set on the stretchers. I also want a shelf on my workbench but it needs to be removable to maintain the portability of the workbench. I designed my own shelf so that it can be easily removed and carried by one person. It is bracketed on three sides to...

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Moravian Workbench #6: Building the Tool Tray

09-14-2019 01:40 PM by Tom | 4 comments »

I have seen that some people are not too fond of workbench tool trays or tool wells. Most of the complaints are that it is hard to keep organized and it collects a lot of shavings and debris from the work. I can certainly understand those concerns. For a power tool woodworker, it may be more useful to have a bigger work holding surface to clamp down the work. But I am pretty much a hand tool woodworker, and the tool tray is a help to keep a variety of tools at hand, but out of the way, be...

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Joinery Bench #14: Apron half blind and through dovetail'ing complete. Can now visualize the joinery bench!

02-28-2018 05:59 AM by Holbs | 0 comments »

Thanks to Loren about correcting me about which saw to use for dovetails. I thought to use a 14 TPI Veritas crosscut backsaw since sawing does go across the grain, which caused me to apply force/torque which in turn caused a horrible time following lines. Upon the suggestion, I swapped to a 12 TPI Veritas rip backsaw and big difference with the speed and control.So now the front half blind dovetails and the rear through dovetails are completed in the 1.5” thick hard maple apron. Plan...

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Butterfly Spline inlay on a Kanna Dai

02-19-2018 03:24 PM by Lemongrasspicker | 1 comment »

This is a repair that is often done when a Kanna has a split or check in the wood. Rather than simply filling it with epoxy and/or superglue, it is way better to use a mechanical connection to repair the crack and ensure that it doesn’t expand or get worse in the following years. View on YouTube The key for these (literally) is to make the spline as strong as possible, and to ensure that it stays put, it does need to be glued in place. The maker of this dai is a gentleman named J...

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