Half Blind Dovetails

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Project by Bryan Patterson posted 05-18-2020 11:44 PM 918 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Half blind dovetail drawer made with Eastern Maple and Cherry. I have added my signature “dovetail spine” on the the side of each drawer as decorative detail. The dovetail detail symbolizes the “E” and the “M” and has been an integral part of my company logo since the late 90’s.

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#1 posted 05-19-2020 01:08 AM

I’ll bet they are coming from a phone. Some of them do that and there are folks on here who can tell you how to fix it but I don’t know how.
Nice work cutting the dovetails.


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#2 posted 05-19-2020 02:06 AM

Nicely done. Can you tell us how you did it and why the ones in the center?
It is usually easy to rotate pictures but to explain how we need to know what brand and series of device you used to post them. Most have an editing programs for picts. To change these I used a Mac program on the computer called Preview.

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#3 posted 05-19-2020 02:20 AM

I decided to add a signature line (that’s what I call it) to all of my cabinet projects since I started wood working in 1999. My company name is Extreme Measures and the dovetails resemble the “E” and the “M”. That is also part of the logo I use on my business cards. I use a Porter Cable dovetail jig and a Leigh D4R for my projects. To be totally honest, I prefer the Porter Cable, but the Leigh has incredible versatility and the ability to customize the spacing of the tails and pins, making for some really neat designs. I used to hand cut my dovetails years ago, but my hands are not as stable as they used to be, so I have turned to my jigs to keep me on the the straight and narrow. Cutting the center “spine” is quite simple – I just flip the pin board over and run my router thru the jig again. I then cut the end grain off at 3/4” (which is the thickness of my material) plus 1/32” to leave enough for sanding smooth. I’ve always liked the look of the “spine” or “signature line” and so have my customers.

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#4 posted 05-19-2020 12:23 PM

very nice job and great wood combination. The 2 woods look excellent together.

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