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Blog series by doorslammer updated 02-05-2010 05:03 AM 5 parts 5872 reads 21 comments total

Part 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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Part 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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Part 3: Day 5,6,&7

01-25-2010 02:52 AM by doorslammer | 3 comments »

Well, my progress has seemed to have stalled a bit. All of these attempts are still fairly acceptable and workable, but I’m still missing it on one or two. cuts. Right now I’m using a $25 Crown gentleman’s saw from Woodcraft and it seems to be very easy to be a bit wobbly with it. I think my tool budget next month may need to include a pistol grip dovetail saw. I realize that the most control probably comes from a Japanese pull saw, but the red blooded American purist in...

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Part 4: Day 8

01-28-2010 03:25 AM by doorslammer | 3 comments »

Well, it finally happened… I’ve been struggling a bit since my first couple of attempts and feeling like my beginners luck was running out. Finally, today I had the ultimate oh crap moment. As I was tapping my joint together my pin board split. At first I was devastated, but it helped me realize some things I was doing wrong. Obviously my pins were too big, but I think for two different reasons. First, when I was scribing my tails onto the pin board, I was overhanging the ta...

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Part 5: Day 9 A little something different

02-05-2010 05:03 AM by doorslammer | 5 comments »

I decided to break the monotony today and try something a little different. I know I’ve seen this before but I don’t remember where so I won’t take credit for it. I think it’s a pretty neat looking joint, but probably not as strong as a traditional dovetail. The final result turned out pretty good too! I also experimented with some more techniques as well. I’ve been starting my saw cuts from the right side of the board and moving left for one half of the pi...

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