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No real reason for this other than to learn to use a dovetail jig. I feel bad posting what i consider really wimpy/bad projects but I am doing it to make myself work harder so I have something worthwhile to post (I just hope I don't offend anyone with these ramblings/projects). The dovetails look, well they look like they were cut on a jig. They are not the best fitting. I want to learn to make them by hand now.

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Practice makes perfect, or more boxes.
 

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Great attempt.
I think your real reason is to practice cutting DT. Be it by hand or using router & DT jig there is satisfaction of achivement…from diffrent perspectives and levels.
Take care and work safe.
 

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Try putting that face on a sander for a while - they'll look a lot better once you make them flush. Its all part of the learning process.
 

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Nice attempt, practice makes perfect!

Thanks for the post

Callum
 

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Practice, practice, practice. That's what it takes.

You can post anything wood related on this site. We have all skill levels here and everyone, from the pro to the novice are willing to help with any questions or projects.

Welcome to Lumberjocks!
 

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Hey dude don't nock your projects… they are better then mine and I thought I was doing ok. What jig are you using? You want to post a pic of it?
 

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If you were to give more information we could help if you wanted. Until then - - - practice, practice, practice.
 

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Hey there, My first try on my leigh jig yielded a three sided box that did not really fit together. The jig can cut perfect dovetails so keep trying and be patient (buy lots of cheap scrap to practice on). Your boxes made me look at them, so you must be doing something right. Use these for storage around the shop and you can look at them later and see your skills increase.
 

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Not bad…not bad at all! You can fill in those small gaps with sawdust mixed with yellow glue, let dry, scrape away the excess glue, and sand them flush. You might be pleasantly surprised.

Please post more as you progress towards mastery. A most worthy endeavor.
 

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Thanks everyone and thanks for the sawdust tip, I am going to try that.
 

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Not bad, jigs take some getting used to. Don't give up entirely on machine cut DTs. They have their place too. Practice some more and I bet you can double the visual pleasure.

Welcome to LJs,
Steve
 

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Since you are learning, what you have done is quite good. Perfection will come with practice. Try the sawdust solution and use the box with pride.
Sharad
 

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Practice is a great idea, but you may want to figure out why you don't like the DT you see here and figure out how they could be better. There are all kinds of postings/magazine articles/videos on how to cut DTs (a lot of really great info on this site and sites LJs have posted here). Read some of these and figure out how to make both the jig cut and hand cut ones better. My first hand cut dovetails were scary ugly (no I don't have pictures :) but I am working on getting better. I found pallets are cheap source of wood to practice on and sometime have really great wood to work with and they are cheap and plentiful (HD here leaves the discards in the parking lot for us scroungers to pick up). So go ahead practice, correct and practice some more!
 
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