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Forum topic by corelz125 posted 09-23-2017 05:45 PM 662 views 1 time favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-23-2017 05:45 PM

I’m sure some have seen this before but good video on cutting dovetails

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#1 posted 09-23-2017 06:26 PM

I like the way he just rips out the belt sander to flush things up. I thought it was Larry David at first lol Cool video.

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#2 posted 09-23-2017 07:57 PM

Chris is a very well known maker of Shaker furniture and has written a great number of articles for Fine Woodworking over the years.
I like his trick of marking the inside of the tails with a pencil and just starting it in the pin side then removing any transferred graphite off of the tales left on the pins with a chisel. I also like his handy-dandy drawer holder for sanding the drawers one together.


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#3 posted 09-23-2017 08:22 PM

Definitely points out sheer experience and a rhythm allow you to set a pace. Notice the chisels are used but are returned to their respective sides. How stacking the pieces and doing the chopping is repeated a little bit on each section of waste. Part way thru, flip the boards and repeat on the other side. Sort of like driving a bunch of nails by hand where you settle back into a rhythm that you haven’t used in 10 or more years.

Hoping to start cutting my first dovetails in the next few weeks. I’ll re-watch this one again.

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#4 posted 09-23-2017 09:50 PM

I do one hand cut dovetail drawer joint side a day for the last 8 months. Mostly with 3/4 cherry scrap stock.
I’m getting better but still no where as good as that, in fact I still suck.. I did find out that keeping your chisels wicked sharp is absolutely necessary.

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