first hand cut dovetails, some images may be disturbing to hand tool woodworkers

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Project by cutmantom posted 08-10-2013 08:36 PM 2923 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The material was prepared using machinery, cheating I know,then I used Frank Klause method to cut the pins,well as best as I could remember how he did it, and to my surprise everything came together with very little chisel work.the bottom is tongue and grooved in, this was done on the table saw but it was to tight.I used a rabbeting plane to adjust the fit.
Sanded to 220 and so far one coat of poly using a rag as i couldn’t find a brush at the time
Things I learned .my saw could be sharper .my bench setup needs to improve for handtool work .I need better lighting

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#1 posted 08-10-2013 09:37 PM

Looks like a pretty good start to me. It’ll only take a lifetime to master those buggers eehh?;)

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#2 posted 08-10-2013 09:42 PM

i’d say that’s a great start.

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#3 posted 08-10-2013 09:49 PM

Impressive start!

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#4 posted 08-11-2013 01:09 AM

For cheap good lighting I use the metal shrouds from the BORG and some 100 watt equivalent CFL bulbs. I am never buying another long shop light again. The dovetails look nice.

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#5 posted 08-11-2013 01:43 AM

They look pretty good to me, nice work.

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#6 posted 08-11-2013 02:23 AM

Great work, the joints look nice and tight.

-- Measure twice, cut once, then sand a whole bunch

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#7 posted 08-11-2013 02:54 PM

Nothing disturbing here – look better than my first tails. Great start that shows you understand DT layout.

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#8 posted 08-11-2013 07:21 PM

They look just fine, remember dovetails are a mechanical joint. As long as they are tight they will work. THe cosmetic stuff will come with practice. Keep on cutting them,you’l see!
So go have at it.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#9 posted 08-11-2013 11:04 PM

Thanks for all the replys, I think my next step will be using a miter at the bottom to hide the groove

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#10 posted 06-22-2015 01:09 PM

Look good to me. I’ll be doing some similar projects trying to relearn how to use my tools. Five years of home renovation and getting over injuries from home renovation. Wood working shop starts getting set up again this week.

I’ve added this to my favorites as and idea to use. Thanks for posting.

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