Woodworking blog entries tagged with 'hand cut'

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

05-15-2014 12:46 PM by WoodAndShop | 0 comments »

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 i...

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Building a Credenza #3: Hand Cutting Dovetails

05-13-2010 05:44 PM by Blake | 7 comments »

I am hand-cutting the dovetails for the case joinery. Its the first time I’ve ever really done this. I’ve been playing around with dovetails a little lately for practice but haven’t used them for a project. Layout First I had to figure out how I wanted to lay them out. This took quite a bit of time actually. I started by looking at the two pieces to be joined. I have a little dovetail sample that I use for a reference so I don’t get confused as to how the ...

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Dovetail of the Day #1: The Beginning

01-17-2010 01:42 AM by doorslammer | 7 comments »

So the other day I got a wild hair to try hand cut dovetails. Up until now I have always machine cut ally my dovetails. Typically, my thought is, if there is a tool/machine that will let me do something more quickly and accurately, why wouldn’t I use it. However, now I’m fully convinced that with a little practice, hand cut dovetails could be easier and quicker than spending all the time required to set up, test, check the fit, tweak, and re-test a jig setup before being able t...

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Southern Yellow Pine Work Surface (workbench) #9: Cutting more boards for the saw bench style saw horses

03-12-2015 02:15 AM by ruddhess | 0 comments »

All the boards are cut now and lined up. A couple of the uprights and the top boards standing up on the work area. Marked them to keep track. Beautiful end grain!

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Mason Dixon Hand Cut Dovetail Class

04-06-2009 02:58 AM by Karson | 11 comments »

I’m a little late at posting this blog. On Feb 7, 2009 the Mason Dixon Woodworking club had a Hand Cut Dovetail Class. It was given for no charge and we had a great full class. We had Al Hendershot. DustyAl Our instructor was Ed Nock We had Jack Dalton Sorry no face pictures, he’s wanted in many locations. LOL. Jack is talking to Ed in two pictures above. My son Dave And signing the number 1 on his first dovetail. Now let me tell you.He cut his first one with ...

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Skills Building #1: First Hand Cut Dovetails

04-01-2010 05:02 AM by NewPickeringWdWrkr | 2 comments »

So, as a part of Marc S’ “Woodworkers fighting Cancer” guild build of the shaker table, I decided to treat the project as a skills builder regardless of how the end product turns out. If it gets trashed, then I’ll start again! The drawer called for a half blind dovetail, but we were by no means bound to follow that suggestion. So, here’s my first attempt at half blind dovetails! Not great, but despite the gaps, it was still a tight fit on the first try! I d...

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Cocobolo and Leopardwood Table : Process pics. #4: Apron Frame & Front Rail Joinery

02-04-2016 07:51 PM by jeth | 4 comments »

Hello all (echo,o,o,o) several hundred “reads”, no comments, so either you’re all riveted to your seats awaiting the next installment, or that’s several hundred open page, scroll down a bit, go read something more interesting. Not wanting to leave this half way through I shall proceed with the upper aron frames and front rail joinery. The apron panels were to be framed with pieces of leopardwood. Here you can see the top pieces which are grooved to fit onto a rabbe...

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Dovetail of the Day #2: Day 4

01-20-2010 04:37 AM by doorslammer | 3 comments »

Took another stab at it this evening after work. I found some clear pine I decided to use since I didn’t have any more good poplar scraps. The pine seemed to be more difficult to saw, like it was gumming up the small teeth of the saw. Chiseling seemed to go ok though. The results are acceptable again, but not as good as I would have hoped. Sawing the pins seems to be the most difficult part for me right now. I did however, try something a little different tonight. As I was scrib...

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Mini-Roubo from Oz #6: Mounting the tail vise and cutting the mortises for the workbench top

09-22-2019 01:35 AM by siggykc | 0 comments »

G’day friends, Last post you may have recalled I outlined how I cut, fitted and glued the 2 workbench top halves. I shall carry on from there. After unclamping, I took to both halves with a glue scraper to clean them all up before using a No7 plane to ensure the sides were all square to the bottom side of the top. The bottom is my reference point as it mates to the base of the workbench. The top can always be planed accordingly at the very end to bring it all into alignment. The next...

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The Woodworking Show - Saturday March 28, 2009

03-29-2009 03:44 AM by Greg3G | 10 comments »

It was a pretty good day, despite the gray weather outside. I arrived at the show today with a short list of things to accomplish. Highest on my priority list was to get my battery issue for my Makita 18v Li solved. 3 of the 4 batteries have for it have gone bad, in less than 20 charges. I dropped by the booth yesterday and spoke with the district manager and he asked that I bring them in so they could test and replace them if needed. Got this done right away. Nice guys and eager to get th...

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