Paul has developed a method for creating neat, equally-spaced dovetail joints by hand. In the videos below he shows us how to create and use a pattern with speed and efficiency, eliminating the need to lay out each dovetail individually.

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With the tails cuts, he uses them to layout the pins. Paul uses a knife on this sapele to ensure accuracy, then uses the cutting gauge for the depth mark. From there he cuts the tail recesses out with the dovetail saw and chisel, being careful not to move the knife wall. Once cut, Paul eases the inside corners and fits the dovetails, which completes this dovetailing technique.

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Paul shows a pattern he has developed for making accurate, repeatable dovetails on a project that is so consistent that they are interchangeable. It provides a way of getting evenly sized and spaced dovetails. He then cuts his dovetails using the backer piece and uses a cutting gauge and chisel to mark and remove the pin recesses.

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