- 20 February 2018 at 1:52 pm #478038GfBParticipant
I’m still in the “imperfect dovetail cutting” part of my learning. After cutting and chiseling, I can be off 1/16″ here and there. It’s me. I know it’s me. Practice practice practice!
Obviously the creator is never happy with their creation. But I don’t want to go tossing many hours of work and wood. So what is the best way to repair/hide the worst of the work? Wood filler? Other tricks?20 February 2018 at 4:06 pm #478111deanbeckerParticipant
cut shims that corresponds with the grain of the tail,or pin and glue in , end grain being a bit harder to fill than long grain taper the shim and tap tight then plane smooth after the glue dries..20 February 2018 at 4:15 pm #478119EdmundParticipant
Maybe this will be of help:22 February 2018 at 3:26 pm #479761GfBParticipant
Good idea. Thank you (both of you).22 February 2018 at 4:59 pm #479817deanbeckerParticipant
Geoff, a good idea i found was save all your offcuts until you are done with the project. They match what you are doing best. I toss them all in the corner of the bench and pick from the pile as needed. Even dovetail scraps come in handy.
I do toss most of the shall stuff when the project is finished.21 June 2018 at 8:58 pm #548667joeleonettiParticipant
I don’t know if this helps but this is what I say to myself a lot. “Well, it’s much better than anything I can buy at Ikea and looks nicer.”21 June 2018 at 9:40 pm #548668harry wheelerParticipant
On the really thin gaps, the ones too small for a wedge, I just use a wax filler. Comes in all sorts of colors but you can’t use it until AFTER you put your finish on – it’s wax and finish won’t adhere to it. Beeswax works if you’re not staining and using a lighter color wood. I avoid that stuff they call wood filler. I’ve yet to find any that doesn’t make the problem look worse instead of better. Sometimes, a little sawdust mixed with some PVA can do the trick on the thin gaps.
Harry26 August 2018 at 1:55 pm #550583fjhallParticipant
If it is a bad gap, like cut on the other side of the line or something like that I will hammer in a thin shim. If its not big enough for a wood shim, I just leave it. Doesn’t have to be perfect to be a good piece to be proud of in my opinion.26 August 2018 at 4:59 pm #550585btyremanParticipant
You have to have higher standards, I would just keep practising with well prepared stock until you can do a dovetail with no gaps, don’t worry about it, just move on and make another box, really take your time, it could be worth practising sawing accurately simply by drawing lines onto a piece of wood, sounds basic but it works, and trains you to saw to the line squarely and accurately.
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