Precise Dovetails: Assembly and Glue-Up
Andy Rae shows how to get a tight fit in a dovetail joint and check the workpiece for square.
Andy Rae, a FineWoodworking.Com contributing editor, takes you step-by-step through the process of cutting full and half-blind dovetails. He shows you how to mark and cut the tails, mark and chisel the pins, then bring all the pieces together in a nice, tight fit.
Part Two: Cutting pins and half-blind dovetails
In this video, you’ll see how Andy marks parts to keep the sides, front, and back of a drawer properly oriented. You’ll also see how he aligns the ends and sides of the workpieces to mark pins quickly and accurately.
Part Three: Fitting and glue-up
This final video shows how Andy finishes paring the pin sockets for a half-blind dovetail joint, then carefully fits the pieces and uses light paring cuts with a chisel to produce a tight fit. You’ll also see how he uses pinch rods to check the assembled drawer for square before glue-up.