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    Dovetail Practice

    It has been a little while since I last did a project with handcut dovetails.

    Not wanting to lose what I have learnt in a course I took from Rob Cosman I fiqured a little practising was in order.

    The last few night was dedicated to using up a few pieces of scraps.
    Here are the results.

    dove tails 019.jpg dove tails 016.jpg




    dove tails 021.jpg dove tails 026.jpg



    All in all not a bad time to pass some time....

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    Ok dude - that's so cool! I wish I had time to sit down and even attempt that.

    Spec's on saws and chisels, please!!!!

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    You definitely haven't lost the touch. It's been too long since I made my last dovetails.

    Mike
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    A relaxing way to spend some time...Nice work!!
    Jerry

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    Looking good, you still got it.

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    Doesn't look to me like you've forgotten anything. And since you learned from Rob, I'm bettin' they fit right off the saw!

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    VERY nice!
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    Thanks Everyone

    Mark

    Robs rule, no test fitting......

    Jason

    I've only been doing handcut dovetails since last summer when I took a course. So if I can learn this I think anyone can.
    To me you need good sharp tools and some instruction.

    Here are the tools I use.

    First picture is of all the layout tools.

    dovtail tools 002.jpg


    #9, #4 1/2 , and a #140L
    dovtail tools 006.jpg


    Crosscut (16ppi) and rip saw (15ppi) chisels and fishtail chisel

    dovtail tools 011.jpg



    And my fret saw with a shop copy book on dovetails..

    dovtail tools 010.jpg
    Last edited by gary Zimmel; 05-07-2008 at 11:28 PM.

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    Gary -

    Those look as good as the Master himself......

    I love the trick of using the 140 skew plane for creating a small rabbet "shelf" on the tail board.....keeps things tidy.

    Where did you get the dividers......I have a hodge podge set?

    Thanks for posting!

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    I've been trying to learn hand cut dovetails. Opened this thread thinking it would have some that look like mine..NOT!

    Those are beautiful. Looks like I need some instruction!

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    First let me say you make very nice dovetails.

    Now, a couple of questions...

    1) Where did you get your fishtail chisel?

    2) Please tell me the brand of fret saw blades and where you get them. I have recently switched to sawing out some of my waste, but my blades keep breaking. I am using "0" size spiral blades from Woodcraft.

    Thanks!
    Martin, Granbury, TX
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    Quote Originally Posted by Martin Shupe View Post
    First let me say you make very nice dovetails.

    Now, a couple of questions...

    1) Where did you get your fishtail chisel?

    2) Please tell me the brand of fret saw blades and where you get them. I have recently switched to sawing out some of my waste, but my blades keep breaking. I am using "0" size spiral blades from Woodcraft.

    Thanks!
    Martin -

    I have the same problem with those spiral blades....two more to go...and I'll be rid of them. My next batch is from PS Wood. They are listed as their -- #7 blades.......11.5 tpi. I had an email from Rob C. and he told me what blade he uses (but I've lost the email )...but I think this is similar.

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    Nice and very tight, Gary. Well done!

    Sarge..

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    Same problem here as well. The next ones I get will be from TFWW...will let you know how they work.

    Mark

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    Roy and Martin,

    The fret saw blades are 5" 12.5 tpi, skip tooth.

    I get mine from Rob.

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