|Tails Around the Corner|
Dovetails are the hallmark of fine woodworking. Whether or not it's deserved is open for opinion but traditionally it's what you'll find on hand crafted furniture anywhere in the world. This joint is commonly used to join drawer pieces at right angles to withstand the racking and pulling and yet, stay together. You can find any number of articles and videos on the internet to discover ways to make it. I prefer the quiet and simple way by the use of hand tools. I thought I'd poke around and see if there was something I could do to make the work a bit easier. I chanced upon a YouTube video by David Barron who's a furniture maker in the United Kingdom. In it he used a fixture that automatically lined up the two pieces when you transfer your tail markings to the pin board. Here's what it looks like:
|Fixture from David Barron|
|Putting in Pin Board|
|Scribing the Pins|
One last thing on cutting dovetails. With the new Knew Concepts fret saw many students have asked me if I'll be using that. Well, the one thing that keeps me from that is it's quite expensive! Besides, if you have a wide space to remove you could use a coping saw or simply chisel it out. You just need to use care when you set your chisel in. The method I use is to first cut a shallow recess on my scribed line with the chisel bevel pointing towards the waste side of the joint.
|First Cut to Remove Waste|
|Pocket for lack of a better word!|
|Easy, Take a Little at a time|
If you're so inclined I wouldn't mind getting some opinions on my concept of tails around the corner. It is a little tricky to assemble and serves no real purpose other than being unusual and decorative -- I like it!