Popular Woodworking 2005-02 № 146, страница 63




Popular Woodworking 2005-02 № 146, страница 63

The right techniques and tools (plus a few tricks) will give you a good start on mastering this fine traditional joint.

HAND-CUT

DOVETAILS

The essential parts of a through-dovetail joint.

Dovetails have long been recognized as the premier joint for casework and drawers - and for good reason. They're the strongest way to join the corners of a box, and they look great.

However, dovetails also have a reputation as a difficult joint to master. But cutting dovetails by hand only looks difficult. It's actually just a process of sawing and chiseling to a line. It's that easy. (And with a bit of practice, everyone can saw and chisel to a line.) In fact, when I teach dovetailing, I start people out not by cutting dovetails, but just sawing to a line. Once you've mastered sawing to a line, you're on your way to creating this time-honored joint.

No doubt you've seen the multitude of jigs available for routing dovetails. But there are several good reasons for skipping the jigs and learning to cut dovetails with hand tools. Undoubtedly the main reason is the pleasure that comes when crafting the joint with a saw, chisel and mallet. Cutting dovetails is fun. Another reason is the personal satisfaction of meeting the challenge head-on. And once

by Lonnie Bird

Lonnie is the author of "The Complete Illustrated Guide to Using Woodworking Tools" (The Taunton Press) and teaches woodworking.

You can learn more about his classes online at lonniebird.com.

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