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Offline grbmds

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Re: Advice sought on learning dovetails
« Reply #30 on: May 07, 2015, 02:29 PM »
Maybe there is more flexibility with handout. However, I want my finished product to look good also. My hand cut dovetails never looked good and I will admit to really just not wanting to spend the time. There is no skill overlap between hand cut and machine cut dovetails. For me, though, other than learning about dovetails, there has never been an upside to hand cutting dovetails. I love woodworking and creating pieces from wood whether drawers or other items. However, I do love doing other things also, like fishing, golf, fly fishing, hiking, bicycling, reading, watching movies, traveling.  .   . If I spend my time perfecting my hand cut dovetail technique time for other things suffer. So for those who want to hand cut dovetails, I give you a lot of credit for your patience during the learning process, your willingness to put up with results that aren't close to perfect (at least for the time you're learning), and I envy your available time for just that one thing. That is what woodworking is all about - satisfaction, relaxation, etc. So, whatever you get satisfaction from go for it.
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Offline FOGNewbie

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Re: Advice sought on learning dovetails
« Reply #31 on: May 09, 2015, 02:34 PM »
Maybe there is more flexibility with handout. However, I want my finished product to look good also. My hand cut dovetails never looked good and I will admit to really just not wanting to spend the time. There is no skill overlap between hand cut and machine cut dovetails. For me, though, other than learning about dovetails, there has never been an upside to hand cutting dovetails. I love woodworking and creating pieces from wood whether drawers or other items. However, I do love doing other things also, like fishing, golf, fly fishing, hiking, bicycling, reading, watching movies, traveling.  .   . If I spend my time perfecting my hand cut dovetail technique time for other things suffer. So for those who want to hand cut dovetails, I give you a lot of credit for your patience during the learning process, your willingness to put up with results that aren't close to perfect (at least for the time you're learning), and I envy your available time for just that one thing. That is what woodworking is all about - satisfaction, relaxation, etc. So, whatever you get satisfaction from go for it.

Very well stated. That is the beauty of woodworking. Whether by hand or machine, we are all trying to get to those "perfect" pieces. If we just wanted to slap stuff together, we wouldn't be looking at Festool.

Happy woodworking!

Offline woodwrights_corner

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Re: Advice sought on learning dovetails
« Reply #32 on: May 09, 2015, 07:49 PM »
I have really enjoyed Ian Kirby's book, THE COMPLETE DOVETAIL.  It is a good reader, an excellent reference source and includes practice exercises.  It will take you as far as you want to go with traditional dovetails.  While it doesn't have specific jig information, once one understands the information in this book it makes transitioning to any jig easier.

A great investment for about $12-15.

Offline FOGNewbie

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Re: Advice sought on learning dovetails
« Reply #33 on: May 10, 2015, 09:55 AM »
I have really enjoyed Ian Kirby's book, THE COMPLETE DOVETAIL.  It is a good reader, an excellent reference source and includes practice exercises.  It will take you as far as you want to go with traditional dovetails.  While it doesn't have specific jig information, once one understands the information in this book it makes transitioning to any jig easier.

A great investment for about $12-15.

Good to know. I just got that book. Working on two Krenov books, then I plan on reading that. The book is also part of a package Popular Woodworking is offering. I linked it in an earlier post in this thread.

Offline Holmz

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Re: Advice sought on learning dovetails
« Reply #34 on: May 27, 2015, 07:25 PM »
If you have the time to do it by hand, then I think it is worth trying.

In theory it seems possible to do the pins with a machine and the tails by hand.

So knowing and understanding both does not seem like wasted effort.