Dovetails

Federal Classic Design with a Contemporary Feel This Sheraton bedside table is my original design, but I borrow elements heavily from the 18th century Sheraton style. The legs especially speak to that period. However in…

Sawing Height Determines Sawing Square When you can saw square and split your line, everything is better. Your work goes faster, your joints fit tighter, and your cholesterol is lower. (at least your blood pressure…

Skipping Dovetails for a "Contemporary" Look Making drawers is sometimes less about the joints that hold the boxes together but fitting them to the case and getting an even reveal. But I do have to…

Once They Are Cut, Dovetails Can Only be Gap Filled Fixing gappy dovetails is about diagnosing and learning for the next set. Unless the joint is too tight to fit together and even then it…

Fewer Planes, More Saws & Chisels In this session I walk through each lesson of the semester and comment on how I do things differently. The simplest way to sum up how my personal approach…

Clean Mitered Front, Flashy Through Tails in the Middle This mitered shoulder dovetail joint is a through dovetail joint with just a tiny variation in how we cut one of the tails. It is laid…

  No Step Ladder Needed At some point in your woodworking life you will make a bed. Even more probable, you will make a tall bookcase. Both of these projects require some long boards with…

  One Wedge or Two? This joint is most readily found in knockdown designs. The wedged dovetail tenon is probably most popular in the Moravian workbench design. After making it I can see how it…

  It's a Dovetail With 2 Pins Blind mitered dovetails are often characterized by woodworkers as the pinnacle of joinery. I actually find this to be the easiest dovetail joint to cut if for no…

  Workbenches, Mallets, Dovetails, and Warm Up Good questions going into this month's Office Hours. I appreciate those who submitted questions and thanks to those who made it out live to hang out with me.…

http://handtoolschool.wistia.com/medias/75jfa79raa?embedType=iframe&seo=false&videoFoam=true&videoWidth=800 Keep Your Fingers/Hand in Contact with the Work Piece At All Times It would be nice to assume that all our joints came together perfectly right off the saw. But this is reality and…

  The blanket chest is pretty timeless and has been around for centuries if not millennia. This build will focus on a late 18th Century to early 19th century rural American version that southern colonists…

  Dovetails frustrate a lot of people and you are constantly hearing me say that they aren't difficult. But the truth is there are many variables in play to make a tight dovetail joint. The…

Since I recorded the original semester 1 dovetailing lesson almost 4 years ago I wanted to revisit it and show you all how my process for through dovetails has evolved. I do not want to…

  This is the final part of the Joinery Bench project. This time I add some nice accessories that make working at the bench a lot easier. I thought a lot about these as I…

  Building the Joinery Bench Top If you were only building a bench on bench design, then you could complete this step and be done with the build other than the vise installation. The top…

  This time I talk about correcting a rip saw cut gone awry and how to make sure the baselines on your dovetails stay gap free. This leads into a discussion about different hardness of…

  This through dovetail and tenon joint has become popular again as a workbench joint. With the myriad of mating surfaces, mechanical connection and through depth it is rock solid and the perfect solution to…

I know you guys all cut perfect joinery right off the saw, but I thought that just in case someone needed to fix a joint that "someone else" has made, this lesson might be useful.…

  Make this Bird's Mouth Fixture to Practice Curve Cutting A great bench appliance for cutting complex curves is the Fret Board or Bird's Mouth fixture.  This can be used with a bow saw, coping…

Bow Saws come in many shapes and sizes and depending on the size and usage may have different names.  Frame saws and Turning saws are also common names.  Regardless, all of them consist of a…

The process between part 3 of this build and part 4 and 5 is really all about little details...repeated over and over.  For every detail I show, imagine doing it 9 more times for each…

https://handtoolschool.wistia.com/medias/zmvfyu98ck?embedType=async&videoFoam=true&videoWidth=640 Do you ever have one of those moments after you have spent countless hours in the design phase and then you turn to the actual construction and realize just how much work you just…

  Video Quick Links Project Introduction Rough Cutting Parts Case Dovetails Top Rail Case Assembly Interior Joinery Front Cleat Back Slats Shaping Case Sides Glue Up The Drawer French Cleat Conclusion Build a Saw Til…