15 March 2012

My 1st Hand-Cut Through Dovetail.

It took me about two hours which included stopping periodically to watch Glen Huey's DVD "Cheating at Hand Cut Dovetails."  This  project is belated because of a number of reasons, not excluding a paralysing fear to actually make start.  I read a number of books & articles on the subject and found them all equally confusing.  Glen's DVD is the only one that made sense to me.  I know that Pine is more difficult when you are starting out, but that's all I had.  My approach was to study the DVD a number of times instead of diving right in.  This method of learning works for me because after the 1st attempt, I retained most of the information.  

My pins are recessed instead of standing proud, the tails have chipped out in places, the fit is too tight and the overall joint is not neat.  All these will improve with practice.  Will I try a tails-first approach to compare?  Not sure right now as there are many other more pressing projects waiting, one being to cut more dovetails.  Much, much more.  Thank you Glen.