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1/2 Blind dovetail update

by AlaskaGuy
posted 11-28-2018 09:48 PM


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#1 posted 11-28-2018 10:01 PM

Dear 49th sate,
You are looking good on the 1/2 blinds. One thing I have learned is to use a thin kerf pull saw for the cuts. I think there is one out there called a Saw Shark. I got mine at Home Depot I think. The blade is the thickness of a utility knife blade and it makes the cuts really accurate without much effort. Plus, it is easier to start the cut because it starts on the pull stroke. I have a high quality dovetail saw that I use for through cut but I always use the thin kerf for 1/2 blinds. BTW I would way rather hand cut my joints than do them with a jig. I have a Rockler knock-off but I just don’t have the patience for the set up on small production runs.

Plus cutting dovetails just makes the rest of the world fall away. It’s a zen experience like fly fishing or watching pretty girls walk by at the airport.

-- I remember when Grateful wasn't Dead

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#2 posted 11-28-2018 10:03 PM

They’re looking good AG

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#3 posted 11-28-2018 11:29 PM

They look awesome, AG. Go check out furniture from the past and yours look as good or better. The D4 gives perfect results, hand cut has character. I opt for the D4 myself, but that’s just because I’m lazy :)

-- Knowledge is not skill. Knowledge plus ten thousand times is skill. -- Shinichi Suzuki

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#4 posted 11-29-2018 12:47 AM

Excellent looking. The fit looks good and if there’s no twist that’s as good as it gets. A little wind is ok :)

-- Aj

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#5 posted 11-29-2018 02:45 AM

Muchas imorovemento. In Spanish that means: pretty good. Love some narrow tails.

A word of warning

I tried to dovetail some alder scraps and all the teeth popped off my saw. It was the damndest thing. Now I only practice on softer woods like cocobolo and lignum vitae.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#6 posted 11-29-2018 02:46 AM

Good work AG!

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#7 posted 11-29-2018 03:26 AM

a very nice job AG … they look just about perfect to me and I am picky LOL … GREAT JOB :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#8 posted 11-29-2018 04:07 AM

Awesome work. Is this what you mean by serpentine drawer front?


Go check out furniture from the past and yours look as good or better.

- Rich

This is so true. I look at furniture all the time now, if I go to someone’s house with antiques I ask them if I can open the drawers to see how they were made, I look underneath tables, etc. I can’t help it. I’m obsessed with knowing how someone else back in the day made something. Many times I’ll say to myself – what the hell was this guy thinking?

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#9 posted 11-29-2018 04:14 AM

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-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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#10 posted 11-29-2018 04:18 AM


Awesome work. Is this what you mean by serpentine drawer front?

Go check out furniture from the past and yours look as good or better.

- Rich

This is so true. I look at furniture all the time now, if I go to someone s house with antiques I ask them if I can open the drawers to see how they were made, I look underneath tables, etc. I can t help it. I m obsessed with knowing how someone else back in the day made something. Many times I ll say to myself – what the hell was this guy thinking?

- ColonelTravis

Well I used the wrong terminology . It more of a Block Front Chest draw front.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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#11 posted 11-29-2018 10:52 PM

Oh wow, good luck with that. I wasn’t trying to correct you, I am very ignorant about things that aren’t simple rectangles and squares. You could call it a Gyrating Concave And Convex Whipdoodle and I wouldn’t know the difference.

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#12 posted 11-30-2018 03:23 AM


Oh wow, good luck with that. I wasn t trying to correct you, I am very ignorant about things that aren t simple rectangles and squares. You could call it a Gyrating Concave And Convex Whipdoodle and I wouldn t know the difference.

- ColonelTravis


I know you weren’t trying to correct me. I like your description much better than mine.

”Wow good luck with that.” Lol, I tell myself that every time I work on it. I bit off a huge bite and I’ll be chewing on it for a long time I think.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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#13 posted 11-30-2018 03:31 AM

If it’s not a challenge then it’s not much fun.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#14 posted 11-30-2018 03:40 AM



If it’s not a challenge then it’s not much fun.

- TheFridge


Well then I’m having lots of fun.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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#15 posted 11-30-2018 04:06 AM

AG, why is there an Emmerts on the floor of your shop?

Oh, and I like Red Oak.

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

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#16 posted 11-30-2018 04:16 AM



AG, why is there an Emmerts on the floor of your shop?

Oh, and I like Red Oak.

- theoldfart


It’s a complete Emmerts vice I picked up in a trade many years ago. I don’t have a proper bench to mount it on. It’s one of those “do it someday projects”.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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#17 posted 11-30-2018 04:39 AM

Well then, make a damn bench! Says the jealous woodworker. ;-)

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

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