Mastery of hand cut dovetails

How awesome are your handcut dovetails.

  • Achieve flawless mastery every time

    Votes: 1 2.4%
  • Manage to get them to come out sometimes

    Votes: 11 26.2%
  • Managed to make a perfect set once, never repeated

    Votes: 3 7.1%
  • They look ok after shims and gap filling

    Votes: 6 14.3%
  • Well at least they're sturdy

    Votes: 3 7.1%
  • An angry beaver appears to have attacked my work

    Votes: 2 4.8%
  • This is something I'd like to attempt someday

    Votes: 9 21.4%
  • Doing this appears to be a new level of insanity, not for me

    Votes: 7 16.7%

  • Total voters
    42

Tom Bussey

Member
Messages
145
Location
Nashua Iowa
I can cut them when I have to, sawing is not a problem it is removing the waist that I dislike. Usually I do my through dove tails on a table saw and use a bandsaw to remove the waist.
 

Mike Stafford

Member
Messages
2,007
Location
Coastal plain of North Carolina
I tried making some through dovetails by hand. Actually got a few to fit together.

Decided by the time I was skilled at making them I could have made dozens of projects with a dovetail jig. So I bought all the Keller jigs which are essentially the same just different sizes and using different size bits..

The Keller jigs made through dovetails easy peasy. I made lots of tackle boxes and tool boxes and jewelry boxes with those jigs. Paid for my investment many times over and I sold them for as much as I originally paid. Great tools and easy to set up and use.

Ribbon Mahogany Jewelry Chest 1A (Custom).jpg Ash Tackle Box 1A (Custom).jpg

Teak Tackle 1A (Custom).jpgMahogany Tackle Box 1A (Custom).jpg
 
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