I'm just starting the process of learning hand cut dovetails.
Practice is going ok, and I'm getting a better (but a long way from good) fit pins to tails, however, I keep running into a consistent problem with my practice pieces.
After I tap the joint together, there is between a 1/16 and 1/32" gap at the shoulders, mainly on the pin board, but on portions of the tails board as well. I'm not sure if I'm setting my marking gauge for the thickness of the workpieces incorrectly, or what. Also, when I chop/pare, after the initial chisel mark at the shoulder at 90 deg, I am undercutting by a degree or two, as has been recommended.
I have a wheel type gauge, and I'm setting it by basically 'clamping' the piece between the wheel and the 'knife', and then marking from there. I am left with a small bit of pins and tails proud to flush up with the block plane, but for some reason I'm not getting full seating of the joint.
I've attached a couple pics in hopes that someone might throw some help my way. I'm trying to cut one a day
and become somewhat proficient so that I can try my first dovetailed project on the next few months.
Thanks all for your help.
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