Well guys Let me say a big thanks for the feed back,this was my fist try at a tutorial and believe me I learnt a lot. At the beginning I think i was trying to put to much information into it and not allowing you guys to ventilate and ask questions and I was trying to much to lead the thread.
In the second part of the thread I eased off and left things open to give you guys the chance to ask questions.
If I know the answer I`ll give it if I don`t I won`t simple as that.
To think that a guy is trying this for the first time because of this post to me is awesome,
Chunter Ksu thank you for the privilege of you fist post but don`t let it be your last there is a lot of knowledge on this forum and the guys are willing to give it and there is no such thing as a stupid question.
tcleve4911 that really is a great tip it`s so simple there is just no way it will get messed up, nice one.
Brink good question the idea of the thread was to show how to do hand cut dove tails and while it is said the best way to show dove tails on a drawer is to start and finish with a half pin,not every dove tail is a drawer.
The way I was taught to cut dove tails on a drawer was to cut it with a half tail on the bottom and a half pin on the top.
Wow that sounds crazy but it works and this is why when you cut the grove for the bottom of the draw the grove is cut through the half tail and the grove on the face is covered by the half tail, so you can only see the grove from the front.
When it is a through dove tail a false face is fitted so no grove is seen,when it is a half blind dove tail the face covers the grove and again it is not seen.
At the back of the drawer the back is cut off at the top of the grove and the base is screwed into the back.I realise That is a left over from when the base of the drawer was solid wood but it allows me to square the drawer up at glue up and later fit the base.
Now there are exception to this, say you where cutting a London paten dove tail in which the pins are really tiny and the tails are big in this case you can start with a pin on the bottom and finish with a pin on the top.
But the grove still is cut through the bottom tail you don`t loose any depth in the draw and you still don`t see the grove.
In all cases I finish with a pin in the top so the drawer is full and is not chopped into to except the tail.