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post #21 of 26 Old 02-07-2010, 08:30 PM
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I gotta do my drawers like this.
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post #22 of 26 Old 02-10-2010, 07:51 PM
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The short answer to the OP is "Yes!" of course you can. Why not just give it a try on a couple scrap pieces or make a simple box or two to built your confidence?

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Those are beautiful!

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I say take this as the most golden opportunity you can imagine for learning to make the joinery by hand.

Eschew the router cutters. They make ugly DTs: Graceless blocky chunky ungainly things that look like some jobber for IKEA did it.

Give it a shot. What's the worst that can happen?
I mean the absolute worst? You'll catch some disease and die? You'll be hit by lightning? A Bus will run you over? The neighbor's dog will bite you? What is the absolute worst that can happen?
If the worst possible ain't so bad, then go ahead and take the chance.
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I just completed a workbench. The plans for drawers call for either dovetail joints or an alternative method. I know dovetails are "better" but seems very intimidating. I have a router with a dovetail bit. I'm going to buy a woodworking book for reference.

Should I give it a shot or just use the easier alternative joint?
I see that this is an old thread that just got reinstated. The title interested me.

Can a rookie make __________________? You insert the word/phrase.

All of us were rookies at sometime. We had to start somewhere. Certainly, in most cases, a rookie can make whatever it is that he/she has not made before. It is all a learning experience.

If we do not try the first time we will never learn whether or not we can do something.

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I just completed a workbench. The plans for drawers call for either dovetail joints or an alternative method. I know dovetails are "better" but seems very intimidating. I have a router with a dovetail bit. I'm going to buy a woodworking book for reference.

Should I give it a shot or just use the easier alternative joint?
Let me tell you something a very Smart Man once told me. Keep in mind this man only made it through the Fourth Grade Growing up in Georgia you left school to work on the Farm as soon as you were able. This man told me you can do anything you set your mind to and Anything any other human can do all you need Is passion and perseverance.This man is my Father and my Hero. He was hard on me growing up laying a hundred inside miters on a bench and making me Cope each one. Drawing Blanks on Hundreds of Boards and telling me to cut Dovetails all day. Attached is a carving he just completed. He is 82 and self taught and driven with Passion,Perseverance and Love. He is also the most Humble Man I have ever met

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