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The through dovetail joint is strong and attractive. It's the traditional joint of choice for joining boards at right angles. Here is how I went about setting out ...
Just to keep things easy I have labelled the key areas of the through dovetail joint.
These are the tools I used. Mallet, Bevel Edge Chisels, Marking Gauge, Cutting Gauge, Dovetail Saw, Dividers, Marking Knife, Hard Pencil, Dovetail Square (or adjustable bevel), Try Square, ...
Make sure your material is cut to an accurate dead length, apply face side faced edge marks and reference the corners.
Set your cutting gauge to create the base line. Set it to the exact thickness of the timber to be joined. In this case the timber is of ...
Dovetail joints start with a half pin located on the outside of the joints. Typically on fine work this would be 6mm > 9mm on larger work like ...
The space between half pins is divided between pins and tails. Fine work the pins 4mm > 6mm, larger work 7mm > 12mm. To have a desirable appearance ...
Using the square mark a pencil line across each divider mark.
A 1:6 angle is typical for softwood a 1:7 or 1:8 angle is typical on hardwoods. Use the dovetail square or a bevel set to the right angle ...
Clamp the tail board in the vice. To make the cutting easier set the board to the tails become a square cut rather than an angled cut
Using your dovetail saw cut to the line with the saw kerf within the waste section and cut all the way down to the base line
Use the coping saw to remove the waste. Don’t try and cut to the base line, leave a little for paring. Trim the half pin waste with the ...
Clamp the board down. Use a bevel edge chisel remove the waste by paring down just over half the thickness of the timber. Work back to the base ...
The tail board is the template for the pin board. Secure the pin board in the vice. Use the plane to level the pin board. Rest the tail ...
Use your dovetail saw to rip down the pin with the saw kerf in the waste
Use the coping saw to remove the waste, as before don’t try and cut to the base line with a coping saw leave a bit for paring
Clamp the pin board down and using a bevel edge chisel remove the waste by paring down to just over half the thickness. Work back to the base ...
Use a chisel to remove a little edge to the inside face of the tails. Make sure it does not extend to the end of the tail. This ...
Offer the boards up and tap together with a mallet and waste piece of wood. If the joint feels tight separate the joint before going to far and ...
Done! All ready to fit into my tool chest.
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