Dovetail Practice

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  • #338508
    Anthony Rich
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    Hi All
    Just making wood shavings and loving it,
    : )
    The box has a different layout for each corner, all four are different.
    Took me a while to figure out how to layout, starting with the pins, I like making the pin board first,
    If you look closely, you can see I have one side with 1/2 pins and the other starts with a 1/2 tail.
    Is there a right and wrong way to make these ?
    Thanks
    Ant

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  • #338699
    David B
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    @dbockel2

    Yes–plan your layout in advance and apply it consistently to all sides. If you know how many pins/tails you want, there is also a geometric trick that Paul uses to ensure proper spacing. This is probably a good video for you to reference.

    A Paul Sellers Dovetail Technique

    #338740
    Anthony Rich
    Member

    @infinity-view

    Thank You

    #342242
    btyreman
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    @btyreman

    it’s worth investing in some dividers, that’s how I do it, then use a dovetail template, the one that paul makes.

    I also think about different possibilities, for example on a drawer for a jewellery box, it’s not about strengh as much as a toolbox, or chest of drawers, you can create too many tails if you are not careful and they end up looking a bit thin and out of proportion, it’s all about balance, the best way is always to learn through experience, the more you do, the more confident you get.

    good luck!

    #343169
    Anthony Rich
    Member

    @infinity-view

    Hello, I don’t know what you mean by dividers ?
    I have been trying to make dovetails everyday, gaining some momentum, still experimenting with the pitch. For Some reason I had pretty good success with a 1:4 ratio, Just order some diamond sharpening stones eze lap 250, 600 and 1200
    I may have ruined my soft Arkansas Stone, using windshield washer fluid, instead of window cleaner.

    #343244
    Fred Love
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    @phreddy

    A simple tool much like a pencil compass that you would use to draw circles. But without the pencil. Two metal sticks with pointy ends, hinged together at the top and typically a spring and screw mechanism at the top for adjustment.

    I tried posting a link and it didn’t seem to work. I’ll try again. You might find this useful (if the link works):

    Why I Lay Out Dovetails with Dividers

    And this:

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    #343811
    Anthony Rich
    Member

    @infinity-view

    Ah, Those kind of dividers, lol, must be getting punchy. i actually don’t have a set yet,
    Thank You

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