Dovetail Saw

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…

Japanese Joinery and Inlay Make an Heirloom Tool This project is something every woodworker should tackle. First we can never have too many squares in the shop. Second the complex joinery is a great lesson…

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…

Precise Milling of Boards with Sketchy Dovetails Dovetailing the case of this chest is a good place to start since the internal dimensions of it dictate the sizes of everything we make from here on…

How to Join the Top Rail to a Post Leg Any time you need to connect the tops of legs together an open joint needs to be used because the short grain left behind would…

Skill Builder for Precise Planing or Paring Derrick is building a Senet board game and wanted to make half of the pieces into little pyramids instead columns. I wanted to highlight this rather specific project…

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…

Turn a Half Blind Pin into a Through Pin and Fill It Half blind dovetails and full blind dovetails require precision sawing and going past your lines can get really ugly fast. Now you have…

Angled Butt Joints Are the Key Hand tools are wonderful because they make angles irrelevant. Simple, compound, multi-dimensional, it doesn't matter what the angle its still a line to be cut to. This sliding dovetail…

  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…

  Hmmmmm..... This may be my first failed live demonstration. I cut the beaded corner joint and managed to make it slide until the ever alert chat room pointed out that I had mixed up…

  Same as a Dovetail but with an Orthopedic Pin The knuckle joint is an odd one that only shows up in drop leaf and gate leg style tables. But once you realize this joint…

  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…

http://handtoolschool.wistia.com/medias/p83yrr2087?embedType=async&seo=false&videoFoam=true&videoWidth=800 Struggling to Saw Straight? Sometimes just committing to the cut is the best way to saw straight because a well tuned saw will want to run true. When you use the full length of…

  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…

  I get asked what I think about canted saw plates a lot. After test driving a pair of Bad Axe stiletto saws for a few months now I'm kinda "meh" about the whole idea.…

In this part I join the legs to the column using the sliding dovetail joinery discussed in the last video. Next I refine the curves of the legs, then add a bullnose profile to 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 time I'm going to focus entirely on really what is the only joinery in this table. Granted there is a round, wedged tenon into the top cleat but I'm not counting that. What I'm…

In this installment, I'm going to build the drawer and the web frame to support it. Normally this is a pretty straightforward exercise that we have seen many times in previous projects. This time however,…

  This is one of those parts of a project where you feel the hard work is done and the rest will fly by. The reality is that these fine details right after joinery is…

  Time to build the drawer and the tray then finish off with the workbench top. If your compound dovetail technique isn't honed by now, building the drawer to precisely fit the case will sharpen…