Woodworking blog entries tagged with 'hand cut dovetails'

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Jefferson Bookcases #3: Large case tail boards (sides)

08-05-2020 01:32 AM by Dave Polaschek | 7 comments »

First, some measurements. I spent the tail end of yesterday sawing all the boards for eleven of the largest cases to size. Here’s the cut-list: Two 1×12x30¼ – top & bottomTwo 1×12x14½ – left & rightTwo 1×8x29⅝ – back boards Today I spent the day making tail boards, which are the left and right sides of the cases. Here are the steps for them. 1. Mark out a pair of boards on one end. I usually plan to make the outsides of this pair the inside...

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Hand Cut Dovetails Fast and Easy

08-01-2017 03:21 AM by CrazyRussianWoodShop | 0 comments »

Hi folks!It is an old topic but with some new twists I picked up here and there. Mostly from Chris Becksvoort and Tage Frid. Here is a 5 min video: Be safe and happy woodworking!

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Writing/Art Desk Project Video

12-31-2016 04:52 PM by TheArtisanWoodshop | 0 comments »

Hey Guys, A co-worker of mine asked me to build an art desk for his daughter for Christmas. He gave me a general idea of what she wanted, and let me go on my merry way to creating the piece shown in this video. The Joinery it features is Hand cut DovetailsMortise and Tenon joineryThrough TenonsStopped DadosDowels So please check out this video and leave me some comments here on what you liked or disliked about the table or the video so that I can improve. Looking forward to all th...

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A new type of Magnetic Dovetail Jig

05-31-2016 12:56 AM by Katz-Moses Woodworking | 0 comments »

I just invented and got patent pending status on a new type of magnetic dovetail jig. Check it out and let me know what you think. Cheers!

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Chess pieces and board #10: Chess board finished

07-29-2014 02:07 AM by Luke | 0 comments »

Check out the finished product here. Thanks for following along.

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Virtual Designs in Sketchup #15: Dovetails ...with Curves

02-12-2012 01:30 AM by rance | 3 comments »

I got my weekly(or is it daily) email from Fine Woodworking(FWW) and they had an advertisement for the beginning of a Dovetail Techniques series by Stephen Hammer on several kinds of dovetails. I watched the preview and was so fascinated with the curved dovetail that I had to mock it up in SketchUp.   A beautiful piece of art. They gave just a glimpse of him making them in the teaser. Just enough that I was able to draw it out. Some views of the Pin board:    And th...

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Virtual Designs in Sketchup #14: Clamp for cutting Dovetails

01-24-2012 11:47 PM by rance | 9 comments »

I ran across the ”Workbench clamp for perfect dovetails” article by Michael Pekovich from Fine Woodworking. The article suggests drilling holes in your bench to accomodate pipe clamps to hold down a guide board. I REALLY like the clamp idea but even though I revere a bench as a consumable, I’d rather not drill THAT big of holes in it. I’ve come up with an alternate solution that does not require any new holes in your bench. This means it can also be used in whome...

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Dovetails #1: Learning to cut Dovetails

02-23-2011 08:05 PM by Big Ben | 7 comments »

The purpose of this blog is to share my adventure with learning to make hand cut dovetails. I decided that I wanted to make furniture with better joinery, that meant getting over my fear of dovetails. My first dovetail was an epic failure, not only because the gaps were huge but it had no tails, see the pic below. From DovetailsFrom DovetailsBut I must say the experience is getting better. I have watch lots of video on Youtube, Wood Whisperer ( and LumberJocks.I have chos...

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Dovetail Practice Session #1

09-08-2010 08:58 PM by helluvawreck | 9 comments »

Last week I received my Veritas dovetail saw and planned on having a dovetail practice session this past Labor Day weekend. Saturday, after straightening out my shop, I got out all of the tools that I would need and laid them on the work table near the front vise. I always have plenty of maple at the plant so I had brought home several pieces of soft maple that had been surfaced 4 sides to 3/4 in. x 5-1/2 in. I planned on making 4 practice corners and to take a break after completing each ...

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Tool Chest #5: Lid on and rejected as a blanket chest

04-23-2010 01:48 AM by Rob Drown | 6 comments »

Well I finally got the lid back together. My better half thought it looked too good to stay in the garage, but after checking it out in the bed room, it is too small for the foot of the bed. Close call. As I was mortising the hinges, I dropped the lid onto a front corner. Popped one of the mitered bridle joints. I thought I had clamped the frame to tightly onto the panel but the fit is ok. Reglued the joint, doweled it from underneath. Fit is good and looks ak. It is a tool ches...

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