Hand Cut 1/2 Blind Dove Tail

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Forum topic by klinkman posted 01-12-2019 10:10 PM 294 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-12-2019 10:10 PM

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A dozen tries later pretty happy with this hand cut half blind dove tail.

This is a practice piece I just finished, conclude it’s all about taking time and being patient.

I learned I saw better to the left of the waste line for what ever reason, seems weird since I am right handed. I’m more comfortable pushing the saw up against my thumb I guess; I turned the work piece around to cut the tails and they came out more consistent.

The most important thing I learned was to not mess with the tails. After I cut them and cleaned the corners, I checked squareness, then lightly paired the surfaces flat before I transferred them over. Too much “perfecting” is a disaster. I also left the score line on the shoulder with maybe 1/32 margin, then paired to that line. That was the only way to dial in the shoulder.

I thought Tim Rousseau’s video was the best (these guys make it look so easy), but he had some good tips about using a shim and severing the corner fibers. I don’t agree with sawing on your score line though. That never worked for me. I ended up sawing as close to the pencil line as I could while still leaving it visible. Also, for severing corner fibers, my card scraper at .030” is 50% larger than my dove tail saw plate! An old high General high precision metal ruler is .020” and way easier on the work piece than the card scraper for severing the fibers.

Oh, and a set of skew chisels finally came in this week that really helped a lot, I’m not sure how to create this joint without a skew or fishtail chisel.

This fit is super tight. I think they look great/tight because I left them a few thousands over. Happy with the fit and shoulders particularly, but it took a little effort to get the tails into the joint.

The question I have is, is it right to have them basically not hand fit, that you basically need to drive them home with a mallet?

-- Klinkman, hand tool enthusiast

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#1 posted 01-12-2019 10:13 PM

If that only took a dozen tries you did very well.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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#2 posted 01-12-2019 11:55 PM

thanks Alaska.
Journey is the reward.

-- Klinkman, hand tool enthusiast

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