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Offline johne

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  • The Netherlands
Sawing unplugged
« on: May 02, 2008, 05:06 PM »
I ve been meaning to try this for some time now and finally had some time to get around to it.
Hand cutting dovetails. I looked at lots of tutorials, vids etc and figured that with some practice it couldn t be that hard.

The problem was that i dont have a dovetail saw and the small saws I have, have a kerf that is much to wide. So i took a wet stone and ran it along the teeth of an old small saw i had lying around. Result: small kerf but the saw got a lot harder to operate (it gets stuck in the cut).

Anyways after totally screwing up the first attempts i think i am getting the hang of it. It is actually fun to do. They are not as tight as the ones i can make with the VS 500 (the older festool dovetail jig)

But i really like the way you can space the dovetails to your liking.

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Offline Frank Pellow

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  • Toronto, Ontario and Lake Pivabiska, Ontario
Re: Sawing unplugged
« Reply #1 on: May 02, 2008, 05:16 PM »
John, thats a great job that you did! 

The only dovetails I have ever made have been hand cut -but I don't do as good a job as you have done.
« Last Edit: May 02, 2008, 05:53 PM by Frank Pellow »
               Frank (Festool connoisseur)

Offline johne

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  • The Netherlands
Re: Sawing unplugged
« Reply #2 on: May 02, 2008, 05:39 PM »
Frank, Thanks

They did not look that good before the glue up there was some small gaps. I used some filler you make with sawdust to fill those gaps. It ll take  more practice to cut em so they re real tight