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post #21 of 30 Old 02-22-2013, 09:17 AM
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Much much better
You're doing great, learning from videos and your own mistakes
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Ok guys had some good shop time today. So I built my first dovetail box, took me a few hours but I had fun doing it and I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. I think it actually worthy of giving away. Grand ma has been wanting something nice to put her bingo chips and markers think I'll give it to her when it's done.

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Question for folks. I see more often than not people using chisels to get rid of the waste. How many folks use a fret saw and what are the advantages and dis advantages for each? I am getting a dovetail saw this week and thought about picking up a fret saw also (already have chisels.)
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I'm not sure if there are any advantages/disadvantages.I was going to buy a fret sew when I went to rockler the other day but they didn't have any so I have been just using a chisel. Still may pick one up tho

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Question for folks. I see more often than not people using chisels to get rid of the waste. How many folks use a fret saw and what are the advantages and dis advantages for each? I am getting a dovetail saw this week and thought about picking up a fret saw also (already have chisels.)
I think it all depends on how large your dovetails are and how many you plan on cutting. Most of the dovetails I've cut to date have been in small boxes with tails as narrow as 1/4". For those I obviously don't use a fret/coping saw.

If I was going to be cutting a lot of large dovetails I would probably try using a saw to remove waste.

Advantages - speed - you can quickly remove most of the waste and then pare down to your baseline with a chisel. It can also be a lot more accurate. If you start your waste removal right on the baseline with a chisel, you can get deflection by chiseling out thick material and "dent" the wood below the baseline. A fret saw removes the bulk of it and you won't get deflection when you pare the last little bit away.

I've also seen people use a chisel to quickly chop most of the waste first and then use a paring chisel to work down to the baseline. They start the chisel work maybe 1/8" or a little more above the baseline and roughly chop out most of the waste and then come back and trim down to the line.

There is no right or wrong, play around with different methods and see which fits your situation best.

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"Hey guys, I'm trying to quit smoking so I needed something to focus on. So the past three nights I spent some time trying to cut dovetails by hand."
Huh...

hand cutting dovetails is what caused me to START smoking...

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Huh...

hand cutting dovetails is what caused me to START smoking...
Haha I hear ya, well the quitting smoking didn't go so well but I can do some real nice hand cut dovetails now.

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