Getting serious about dovetails #3: Is third time the charm?

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Blog entry by controlfreak posted 09-13-2021 05:41 PM 625 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I am definitely feeling more comfortable in both layout and saw cuts. I am still getting some gaps but they are getting smaller. I tried refining my tail board before marking the pin board if I could see that I was not in perfect 90 deg. With the saw cut. I am beginning to think that sawing motion is creating a mild rounding on the edge of the tails. I need to work on the mechanics so I can relax and just flow through it. I also need to try lubricating the saw blade. It has been binding which could be a sawing angle thing or the friction causing me to alter what should be a smooth stroke. Anyway here is the pictures of my third try free handing the saw cuts.

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#1 posted 09-17-2021 02:26 PM

they look GR8 to me :<)))))))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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#2 posted 09-17-2021 03:13 PM

they look GR8 to me :<)))))))


Thanks Tony but I screwed myself last night. It was the final corner of the box and I was having a lot of trouble with my saw cuts, that’s when I realized I had picked up my tenon saw instead of my dovetail saw. I just wasn’t hitting on all eight and made the joints too tight and split the board, but not all the way.. I think I will cut them shorter and get more practice out of it. Am I having fun yet?

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#3 posted 09-22-2021 03:01 AM

I like it!

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