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Forum topic by AlaskaGuy posted 11-28-2018 09:48 PM 664 views 0 times favorited 17 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-28-2018 09:48 PM

As some of you know (Some of you gave me tips) I’ve been practicing hand cut 1/2 blinds dovetails for an up coming project. I’ve pretty much used my Leigh D 24 for most all of my dovetail in the past. The upcoming project has kind of a serpentine drawer fronts (For lack of the correct term) that don’t allow me to use the Leigh.

I’ve been practicing my sawing most everyday. I’ve spent a lot of time getting better @ chisel sharpening including buying some new sharpening stones. And I’ve watch ton of YouTube videos on dovetails and sharpening.

They are not perfect by any means but they are improving. As some mentioned If you can learn to saw well it makes everything else much easier.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!


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#1 posted 11-28-2018 10:01 PM

Dear 49th sate,
You are looking good on the 1/2 blinds. One thing I have learned is to use a thin kerf pull saw for the cuts. I think there is one out there called a Saw Shark. I got mine at Home Depot I think. The blade is the thickness of a utility knife blade and it makes the cuts really accurate without much effort. Plus, it is easier to start the cut because it starts on the pull stroke. I have a high quality dovetail saw that I use for through cut but I always use the thin kerf for 1/2 blinds. BTW I would way rather hand cut my joints than do them with a jig. I have a Rockler knock-off but I just don’t have the patience for the set up on small production runs.

Plus cutting dovetails just makes the rest of the world fall away. It’s a zen experience like fly fishing or watching pretty girls walk by at the airport.

-- I remember when Grateful wasn't Dead

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#2 posted 11-28-2018 10:03 PM

They’re looking good AG

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#3 posted 11-28-2018 11:29 PM

They look awesome, AG. Go check out furniture from the past and yours look as good or better. The D4 gives perfect results, hand cut has character. I opt for the D4 myself, but that’s just because I’m lazy :)

-- Knowledge is not skill. Knowledge plus ten thousand times is skill. -- Shinichi Suzuki

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#4 posted 11-29-2018 12:47 AM

Excellent looking. The fit looks good and if there’s no twist that’s as good as it gets. A little wind is ok :)

-- Aj

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#5 posted 11-29-2018 02:45 AM

Muchas imorovemento. In Spanish that means: pretty good. Love some narrow tails.

A word of warning

I tried to dovetail some alder scraps and all the teeth popped off my saw. It was the damndest thing. Now I only practice on softer woods like cocobolo and lignum vitae.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#6 posted 11-29-2018 02:46 AM

Good work AG!

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#7 posted 11-29-2018 03:26 AM

a very nice job AG … they look just about perfect to me and I am picky LOL … GREAT JOB :<))

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#8 posted 11-29-2018 04:07 AM

Awesome work. Is this what you mean by serpentine drawer front?


Go check out furniture from the past and yours look as good or better.

- Rich

This is so true. I look at furniture all the time now, if I go to someone’s house with antiques I ask them if I can open the drawers to see how they were made, I look underneath tables, etc. I can’t help it. I’m obsessed with knowing how someone else back in the day made something. Many times I’ll say to myself – what the hell was this guy thinking?

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#9 posted 11-29-2018 04:14 AM

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-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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#10 posted 11-29-2018 04:18 AM


Awesome work. Is this what you mean by serpentine drawer front?

Go check out furniture from the past and yours look as good or better.

- Rich

This is so true. I look at furniture all the time now, if I go to someone s house with antiques I ask them if I can open the drawers to see how they were made, I look underneath tables, etc. I can t help it. I m obsessed with knowing how someone else back in the day made something. Many times I ll say to myself – what the hell was this guy thinking?

- ColonelTravis

Well I used the wrong terminology . It more of a Block Front Chest draw front.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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#11 posted 11-29-2018 10:52 PM

Oh wow, good luck with that. I wasn’t trying to correct you, I am very ignorant about things that aren’t simple rectangles and squares. You could call it a Gyrating Concave And Convex Whipdoodle and I wouldn’t know the difference.

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#12 posted 11-30-2018 03:23 AM


Oh wow, good luck with that. I wasn t trying to correct you, I am very ignorant about things that aren t simple rectangles and squares. You could call it a Gyrating Concave And Convex Whipdoodle and I wouldn t know the difference.

- ColonelTravis


I know you weren’t trying to correct me. I like your description much better than mine.

”Wow good luck with that.” Lol, I tell myself that every time I work on it. I bit off a huge bite and I’ll be chewing on it for a long time I think.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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#13 posted 11-30-2018 03:31 AM

If it’s not a challenge then it’s not much fun.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#14 posted 11-30-2018 03:40 AM



If it’s not a challenge then it’s not much fun.

- TheFridge


Well then I’m having lots of fun.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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#15 posted 11-30-2018 04:06 AM

AG, why is there an Emmerts on the floor of your shop?

Oh, and I like Red Oak.

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

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