As you know each day before working on whatever project I’m working on I cut a set of dovetails to keep on practising and improving my technique.
I take it as some sort of warming up exercise and honestly, I doesn’t take more than 10 or 15 minutes and it pays off.
A couple of weeks ago as I want to master all techniques I started making two sets instead of one, one cutting tails first and the other pins first.
What was my surprise when I found that they are completely different techniques.
If I use the pins first technique with the saw settings or distances from the lines that I use on the tails first the joint becomes too tight, up to the point of splitting the wood.
I’ve found that I need to split the line, then I get a perfect joint, better and more consistent in result than with the tails first technique.
On the other hand, if I use the pins first distances on the tails first technique the joint becomes too loose and the joint lines are too evident.
Before finding this I thought that there wouldn’t be any differences and that it was a matter or personal preference using one system or the other.
Has any of you found the same or is it that my sawing technique is poor? Now I have to decide for one of them because switching from one to the other will lead to errors for sure.
Las but not least, I hope to have explained myself properly and by no means would I want this post to be the beginning of an endless debate between pins first or tails first.
Just for my info feel free to vote on the poll