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Forum topic by jtm posted 10-17-2015 06:57 AM 1533 views 0 times favorited 23 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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jtm

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10-17-2015 06:57 AM

So I’ve cut a bunch of dovetails before, but usually in a half-hearted manner.

I have a cheap Craftsman gents saw and a Rockler Japanese pull saw. But this week I decided to buy one of the Veritas dovetail saws.

What a world of difference. It’s so much easier (for me anyway) to make a straight cut with the Veritas.

So to try it out, instead of just two simple pins, I decided to do 5. (knowing full well that the difficulty increases with each additional pin).

I think it came out pretty well. I can’t get over how awesome this saw feels.


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#1 posted 10-17-2015 10:13 AM

Very impressive….

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#2 posted 10-17-2015 10:26 AM

Nice and tight. As a next step you might consider cutting very narrow pins, so that the tops of the tails are just a kerf width apart.
Cheers

-- Glen

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#3 posted 10-17-2015 11:30 AM

Very nice.

Doesn’t it make you feel good, too, knowing YOU did it, not a machine?

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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#4 posted 10-17-2015 12:28 PM

I also like the veritas hand saws. You did a fine job on those dovetails.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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#5 posted 10-17-2015 02:08 PM

I agree those are really nice looking dovetails.

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#6 posted 10-17-2015 02:09 PM

Beautiful dovetails jtm!

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#7 posted 10-17-2015 11:44 PM

Geez, now I have to add another LV tool to my “wish list”. :D

-- Art

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#8 posted 10-18-2015 12:46 AM

The saw helped I’m sure but it’s your skills that turned out those dovetails and they are excellent. Congratulations. Next up is a project using those skills, good luck and again nice job.

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

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#9 posted 10-18-2015 01:40 PM

Look good to me. Fantastic job, and I like the contrasting woods.

-- Sooner or later Liberals run out of other people's money.

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#10 posted 10-18-2015 10:53 PM

ya I’ve been learning with a gents saw and i don’t like the feel-100 bucks or so looks well worth it

-- gdrwx

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jtm

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#11 posted 10-19-2015 02:37 AM



ya I ve been learning with a gents saw and i don t like the feel-100 bucks or so looks well worth it

- gdrwx

Woodcraft has the Veritas.

Use a 10% coupon and get it for less than $60.

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#12 posted 10-19-2015 02:50 AM

Good work JTM, Now put that to use in this contest. The cutoff date for entry is next Friday evening. Jeff
http://lumberjocks.com/topics/121794

-- "Tying shoelaces was way harder than learning to Whistle"

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#13 posted 11-12-2015 02:29 PM



Nice and tight. As a next step you might consider cutting very narrow pins, so that the tops of the tails are just a kerf width apart.
Cheers

- Glen Peterson

Why? Does a pin that narrow bring anything to the table other than a style affection? Style comes and goes, good work is forever.

ken

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#14 posted 11-12-2015 02:32 PM

Bubba, the narrow pins are just for style and have been around for a long time.
They are considered a mark of fine craftsmanship old makers used them to set their work apart.

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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#15 posted 11-13-2015 02:58 AM


Bubba, the narrow pins are just for style and have been around for a long time.
They are considered a mark of fine craftsmanship old makers used them to set their work apart.

- rwe2156

Best I can tell, unless you consider Allen Peters (died 2009) an “old maker”, London Pattern dovetails are a recent style. The history of skinny pins aka London Pattern dovetails is hard to track down but most mentions of London pattern dovetails credit Alan Peters with popularizing the style. Rob Cosman was a student of Alan Peters’ and my guess is he brought the style across the pond.

Like I posted, styles change, what looks good today may look silly tomorrow. BTW, I remember Nehru jackets, bell bottom pants, and avocado appliances.

ken

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