Dovetail shoulder guide

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Project by gottobtrue posted 08-06-2018 03:49 AM 1037 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Taken from the principle of David Barron’s dovetail saw guide. I’m probably hurting my woodworking rating by using guides to cut dovetails but I’m too OCD to look at my sloppy joints. Besides, I enjoy making guides and jigs. I’ll take off the training wheels soon, I promise.

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#1 posted 08-06-2018 04:42 AM

What angle are you cutting to there, and how do you establish that? Have you split a dado, and reglued it, or is that a square through mortise?

I’m not a user I just grabbed a DT saw and made about a million straight line cuts, so I’m not sure how these work. You refer to training wheels, do you think you are cheating? I guess that means all those guys using a track saw are too. :-)

Thanks for posting.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#2 posted 08-06-2018 11:10 AM

Nice guide…thanks for posting. Could you post a picture of it being used?

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#3 posted 08-06-2018 03:19 PM

You will find that they are a pain after awhile, “Cheating” is using a Leigh jig and router then claiming hand cut!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#4 posted 08-06-2018 06:48 PM

You’ll always get a bunch of semantics when people type about woodworking, but I doubt any more so, than with making dovetails.

Now for me your use of the words “hand cut” still has some wiggle room, I think “hand sawn” would clinch it down so all you could consider is a saw in hand making them, but even here does the OP not have a saw in his hand?

I’ve seen guys at a show almost come to blows over “hand made” guy had used a router and a jig, other guy felt you had to saw them to have them be hand made. Most agreed the guy with the router, and the jig still used his hands.

It’s complicated, and I’ve not seen an “official rule book” I imagine some think they know all the rules by heart though. I’m an advocate for “whatever floats yer boat” in the doing, and nobody is right in the talking about how to do them. Like most things in woodworking, always plenty of ways to skin that cat.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#5 posted 08-06-2018 07:45 PM

yeah i threw my rule books away years ago,im all about doing it the fastest easiest most effiicient way.spending hours and days hand cutting scraping and chiseling is something i dont have the valuable time for,and probably wouldnt even if i did.whatever method someone uses to create beautiful wood working is fine with me,so my only rule is do it anyway that makes you happy.its supposed to be fun not drudgery! oh and i like your jig.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#6 posted 08-06-2018 11:04 PM

It was hard for me to get an action shot. I don’t have enough hands. It cuts 90°s. No fancy angles. That’s what the other guide is for, haha.
I just chopped a square mortise, only 1/4”deep, then glued the magnet in.

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#7 posted 08-06-2018 11:43 PM

Why is someone quibbling about semantics? Nice jig and hope it works for you.

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