Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Dovetail Practice

First I checked the thickness of my board with my marking gauge.

Then I transferred that measurement to other board as a guideline for my depth of cut

Next I layed out the pins. I used the "Frank Klausz method"and started with the half pins.

Cutting the pins. (Be careful not to cut below your marking gauge line.)

Chiseling out the waste. (Ugh. I need to sharpen my chisel)

I transferred the markings to the other board with a sharp pencil like this.

Cutting the tails.

I cut out the waste between the tails with a coping saw.

I think it worked pretty good. I easily chiseled out the rest.

Chiseling out the waste and cleaning up the edges.

The finished joint. I think it turned out pretty good. I'm not expert or even an intermediate, but practice makes perfect and so I feel these are satisfactory.

With any luck, my dovetail joints will continue to look better and better! Anyway, it was time well spent.


  1. where is my dovetailed chest?? snap to it ;)

  2. Actually, I found a two designs for dovetailed chests that I thought you would like. :)

  3. Pretty cool man. It really does professional.