In this video Frank details how to make a single dovetail joint. He walks you step by step through careful layout and cutting of the dovetail. You will no longer be apprehensive about making this beautiful, functional joint. Practicing the single dovetail joint taught in this video will hone your skills for making the dovetail box in the next course.


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In this video Frank details how to make a single dovetail joint. He walks you step by step through careful layout and cutting of the dovetail. You will no longer be apprehensive about making this beautiful, functional joint. Practicing the single dovetail joint taught in this video will hone your skills for making the dovetail box in the next course.

Gary S. Oklahoma City, OK
What blades do you like for the coping saw for dovetails?
July 17, 2014 20:35
Frank S. Waco, TX
Gary this is a great question. I have found the best coping saw blades come from Sears. They are the fine blades. I set them to cut on the push stroke. These blades far exceed any other blade that I have tried as they are very thin in the width that is from the back of the blade to the teeth. This enables you to be able to turn easily in the cut. Hope this helps!
July 18, 2014 10:24
James R. Benton, LA
Why use a plane or mallet to raise the pen board in the vice? Why not keep flat on workbench when transferring the tail layout?
August 1, 2014 21:54
Frank S. Waco, TX
Hi James
The reason I personally use a plane to raise the tail board to mark the pins is twofold.
First by raising the board then you can mark your straight lines on the face of the pin board and cut without having to reclamp the piece in the vise. Secondly and more importantly by having it raised you can see if you have closed the "gap" at the base line when you are lining up the tail board right before you mark it. In other words, if you see light coming through the base line then its not closed up enough. Remember to get a birds eye view from the top and sight down and look at that base line, slowly close it up until no light comes through. If it is sitting flat on the bench its more difficult to do this. However not impossible, and if you find it more comfortable setting it on the bench then try it.
I hope this helps.
Let me know!
August 4, 2014 16:41