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post #21 of 24 Old 02-22-2013, 10:48 AM
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Good to hear your going to try cutting them by hand, like said already it really isn't that hard just take your time doing the marking and cutting. I have another thread going here in the Joubert section showing my progress at cutting them by hand and in a few hours a night over four nights I'm getting great results, if I can do it so can you. Buggers tip I can give is set yourself up in a comfortable position at your bench and take your time, and post pics so we can all see your progress.

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Good to hear your going to try cutting them by hand, like said already it really isn't that hard just take your time doing the marking and cutting. I have another thread going here in the Joubert section showing my progress at cutting them by hand and in a few hours a night over four nights I'm getting great results, if I can do it so can you. Buggers tip I can give is set yourself up in a comfortable position at your bench and take your time, and post pics so we can all see your progress.

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Stupid auto correct, meant to say joinery section lol...Joubert, what the heck is Joubert?

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These were the first ones I cut by hand that worked right, and I have a confession to make: I screwed up them up every time until I stopped pre-marking.

I do tails first, and I mark them only on the end grain and for the depth of cut. Then I have my lines straight across the end grain to line up the saw, and I cut the angles by eye. I still have the first joint I did that way: it's a piece of 1x4 with a single tail, and with no glue I haven't broken it apart yet. All the ones I pre-marked wound up off the line, and I spent ages trying to "fix" the angle when it didn't really matter. I now cut the tails as I said, pretty much by eye, and then mark the pins off the cut board.

I'm not saying this is the best way to do it, or the only way to do it, or anything like that, but I'm always amazed by people who can mark their dovetails, cut them, and come out near the line. Just doesn't work for me. (Yeah, I'm weird. I know.)
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These were the first ones I cut by hand that worked right, and I have a confession to make: I screwed up them up every time until I stopped pre-marking.

I do tails first, and I mark them only on the end grain and for the depth of cut. Then I have my lines straight across the end grain to line up the saw, and I cut the angles by eye. I still have the first joint I did that way: it's a piece of 1x4 with a single tail, and with no glue I haven't broken it apart yet. All the ones I pre-marked wound up off the line, and I spent ages trying to "fix" the angle when it didn't really matter. I now cut the tails as I said, pretty much by eye, and then mark the pins off the cut board.

I'm not saying this is the best way to do it, or the only way to do it, or anything like that, but I'm always amazed by people who can mark their dovetails, cut them, and come out near the line. Just doesn't work for me. (Yeah, I'm weird. I know.)
that is the way paul sellers does them too, so you are in good company.

he cuts the tails first, then transfers the profiles to the end of the other board for the pins.

if i practice it enough, maybe i will be able to do them 1/2 as well as he can. there is a video where he makes all 4 joints for a box in under 10 minutes. that is the video i linked to earlier in this thread.
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