Hand-Cut Half Blind Dovetail

  • Advertise with us
Project by papermate posted 11-17-2012 03:54 AM 2264 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my hand cut half blind dovetail on the drawer of my table top case. The front is walnut and the side is ash.

9 comments so far

View thebigvise's profile


191 posts in 3381 days

#1 posted 11-17-2012 04:06 AM

You have done a beautiful job, so much so that it’s difficult to believe you didn’t use a router bit. I have recently done some of these myself for the first time in over ten years of woodworking, and it is a huge challenge with just chisels and a dovetail saw. Mine are not as good as yours. Please tell me that you have done this before! Five times? Ten? Fifty?

-- Paul, Clinton, NC

View john_az's profile


105 posts in 2851 days

#2 posted 11-17-2012 04:33 AM

congrats, I just completed my first through hand-cut dovetails that I would actually show some one. I’ve built two small boxes using dovetail joints. I made quite a few attempts before getting the hang of it. Until I bought a dozuki saw, all my attempts looked like a cub-scoult project gone wrong. I haven’t attempted any half-blind ones yet. Nice work.

-- John, Phoenix-AZ

View papermate's profile


40 posts in 2550 days

#3 posted 11-17-2012 04:54 AM

Second time doing hand cut half blind dovetails. Normally I do through dovetails, but these are better for drawers. I just use the veritas 20tpi dovetail and saw and the Japanese bevel edge chisels and the veritas DX60 Block Plane for trimming the 1/32 proud tails. Thanks

View Sergio's profile


470 posts in 3172 days

#4 posted 11-17-2012 11:18 AM

One day I will come to this point ;) ... Congrats, very well done.

-- - Greetings from Brazil - --

View Oldtool's profile


2786 posts in 2671 days

#5 posted 11-17-2012 01:07 PM

Congratulations papermate, you have mastered the Force. Now you are a true wood Jedi. Enjoy you new powers, for they can be used for much good – Woodworking that is.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

View AJswoodshop's profile


1057 posts in 2757 days

#6 posted 11-17-2012 01:41 PM

Really good! I wish I could cut dovetails that good!

View Roger's profile


21010 posts in 3284 days

#7 posted 11-17-2012 01:49 PM

Looks very good to me. Those woods will really make those nice dovetails pop

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

View Dusty56's profile


11852 posts in 4168 days

#8 posted 11-17-2012 04:56 PM

Congrats …they look great : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

View jbirmingham's profile


13 posts in 2848 days

#9 posted 11-18-2012 03:27 AM

those are handsome dovetails

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics