First Dovetails

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Project by Pete posted 03-05-2013 10:55 PM 1622 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been working on a knitting box (as inspired by AJS and

Everything is together except the little drawer. As the tail end will never be seen, I thought it a great op to attempt my first dovetails. I was very happy with the results. I only screwed up once, having to replace a piece. I can live with that. This part of the box is made from left over oak.

I did mine on a router table. The layout was easy, although I screwed up the centering. The tough part for moi, was figuring out how to cut the pins. The tails are easy, just buy a dovetail bit.

Hopefully, when the entire project is complete it will be worthy of posting. Cheers!

-- Measure with a micrometer, mark with a crayon, cut it with a chainsaw.

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#2 posted 03-05-2013 11:04 PM

Good job on the dovetails. I can remember my feeling of accomplishment when I finished my first hand cut dovetail.

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#3 posted 03-05-2013 11:06 PM

Nice firsts!
Ahh I remember my first dovetails… only 5 years ago… LOL. I highly recommend setting the pins a bit deeper and trim off the excess flush to the corner. I always say that it the places no one looks where you can take the chances to practice new things.

-- " 'Truth' is like a beautiful flower, unique to each plant and to the season it blossoms ... 'Fact' is the root and leaf, allowing the plant grow and bloom again."

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#4 posted 03-06-2013 04:25 PM

Darn nice & tight dovetails. Look’en real good.

-- "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

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#5 posted 03-07-2013 12:06 AM

Using oak as a first time would be hard. they look good.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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