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One of the strongest and most beautiful of joints, the dovetail requires practice and skill to craft properly. Here, you’ll find an unparalleled depth of content on how to lay out, cut, and fit dovetail joints like a master. To help you get started, we’ve selected the most thorough and informative videos and articles from the Fine Woodworking archives, featuring five leading woodworkers.
Chris GochnourGochnour recently completed an online video classroom for us, showing how to construct a Shaker-style wall cabinet containing 12 dovetailed drawers. You can find his lessons on dovetailing at these links:Introduction to Dovetails Laying out and Cutting Tails Laying out and Cutting Pins Introduction to Half-Blind Dovetails Completing the Half-Blind joint
Gochnour’s earlier article explains how to mark stock for drawers so that the parts of a dovetail assembly are properly oriented:Marking System Keeps Track of Parts
Andy RaeRae is a veteran woodworker and author who writes the blog Inside Andy’s Shop for FineWoodworking.com. He recently completed these three videos on his techniques for laying out dovetails to ensure that you end up with a drawer that’s flat and square.Laying Out and Cutting Pins Laying Out and Cutting Tails Assembly and Glue-Up
Christian BecksvoortA longtime FWW contributing editor, Becksvoort has been creating Shaker-inspired furniture for more than 45 years. He has contributed several articles and videos on dovetail joints, including these:A Simple Trick for Aligning Pins and Tails My Favorite Dovetail TricksHand-Cut Dovetails, Accurate and Fast
Gary RogowskiAnother longtime FWW contributing editor, Rogowski is the founder and director of the Northwest Woodworking Studio in Portland, Ore. He also answers questions about all things woodworking in our Ask the Experts forum. He has devised a unique, useful shop exercise that’s especially helpful for cutting dovetails, plus an easy method of layout. You can see them by clicking on these links:The Five-Minute Dovetail Easy Dovetail Layout
Philip C. LoweAn award-winning furniture maker, Lowe was the head of the furniture-making department at the North Bennet Street School, in Boston; he went on to found his own school, the Furniture Institute of Massachusetts. He’s the author of numerous articles in FWW, as well as this video on hand-cut dovetails:Cutting with a Dovetail Saw
For our full list of 65 videos and articles on dovetail joinery, click here.
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