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Thread: First Handcut Dovetails - Rob Cosman Methodology

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    First Handcut Dovetails - Rob Cosman Methodology

    For years I have been wanting to get back into hand tool work (I started messing around with it when pseudo-apprenticing with a violin maker), and last week our local Woodcraft store hosted Rob Cosman. He did some demos, and he laid out all the details of how he likes to cut dovetails. I learned some great tips for practicing sawing accurately, and I immediately had some good results.

    It was obvious that I didn't have a rip tooth back saw, so decided to get the Veritas 14 TPI dovetail saw to get me on my way. After getting a feel for how to start the cuts effectively I can say that I really like this saw even though I would like the set to be a little less.

    Anywho, here is my first dovetail joint. I had a couple mishaps with the chisel while chopping, and I wasn't able to get a perfect joint right off the saw like Cosman teaches, but that will get worked out with more practice. I am quite pleased with the result and had a blast while doing it!

    - Hutch
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    Those are some great dovetails Matt!
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    Those look real nice, Matt!
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    Nice tails Hutch Rob is quite the guy and a great teacher I was able to attend his hand plane class while he was there and he used my #4C for the demo, was not able to attend the dove tail class hopefully if he comes again I will be able to attend.

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    Thanks guys! Yeah, he really knows his stuff. It was a neat opportunity to learn from someone who can instruct very clearly, as well as demonstrate the skills.

    - Hutch
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    good job hutch,, love the contrast between your woods
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    Really good dovetails, keep em coming Hutch.
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    Excellent job! Far FAR better than my first!!! Heck, that looks as good as my best!

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    I would say that while Crossman is a pretty good teacher; he had a good student!! I have never seen that fine of work on a first attempt at dove tails

    You will never see my first effort (or my third for that matter).

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    OK, 'fess up, Hutch. Those were really the dovetails Rob cut at the demo, right? You know, April Fools and all that? Right?

    Great work, man. If those are your first, I can only imagine how the 100th set is gonna look.
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