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Ever See This Dovetail Technique?

by langski93
posted 08-15-2016 02:14 AM

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#1 posted 08-15-2016 02:29 AM

Can’t say I have seen something like that before, but sweet mother of god, that would be a nightmare to layout and the sheer number of dovetails (all of which were certainly hand-cut) would make a project like that take half of forever to complete!

-- "Lack of effort will result in failure with amazing predictability" - Me

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#2 posted 08-15-2016 02:43 AM

I agree with bigblock. But man what skill that guy had. But from what I know of old techniques ill betcha the lay out is simpler than you think. Cant figure the purpose though. Bet that guys wife was real Bi&^%. He made them that way to stay in the shop longer lol.

-- "Boy you could get more work done it you quit flapping your pie hole" Grandpa

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#3 posted 08-15-2016 02:46 AM

You might want to “google” Bermuda Dovetails…..

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#4 posted 08-15-2016 06:52 PM

The Japanese craftsmen do that all the time, but it is not a skill learned overnight. It takes many, many years of dedication to learn that skill.

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#5 posted 08-15-2016 08:09 PM

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#6 posted 08-18-2016 05:05 PM

The lower picture is an interesting joint but I dont see that it becomes mechanical. More of an embellished box joint. It would be neat to see that in a dovetail shape with the wedge cut into the end of the tail. Talk about a time commitment though.

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#7 posted 08-20-2016 02:35 AM

Greg TP I was thinking the same thing, but why would they embellish unless maybe the piece was imported from Europe. Given that Jamestown was a pretty “subsistence” place, Mr. Woodworker had to be as concerned about where he was going to get his next meal, even though there was some specialization.

Also, if anyone visits the settlement, check out the benches or pews in the meeting house. Very heavy 6/4 and 8/4 material mortised and tenoned to the floor, to itself and significant use of sliding dovetails. These are reproductions, but done in the same manner as the original. Pretty impressive.

On another note, this stopover was a history tour of battlefields and other significant spots in US history that my wife and I just took. We started at Yankee Stadium, then Valley Forge, Gettysburg, Antietam, Harpers Ferry, Mount Vernon and finally Jamestown. Tremendous history Americans all share and I would recommend it to anyone.

-- Langski, New Hampshire

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