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Recently I tried to explain my dovetail procedure used in the shop. The project was making several Shaker Chip Boxes, and each corner is fastened with hand-cut dovetails (these are different than I would typically use, but I’m trying to represent the original work).
My verbal explanation was not very helpful, so I tried another communication tool – SketchUp.
The results are shown below in several steps. It may be hard to read the text, so if you would like a PDF copy of the procedure, you can request by email.
This is possibly another way for shop teachers to show students how to perform specific procedures.
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Wow, amazing illustrations! Thank you Killenwood. I haven't tried making dovetails yet, but you've inspired me so...out to the shop I go!
Great job Tim. Thanks for your efforts. It helped me a lot.
CapnRich: I print the full size template from SketchUp, then use Glue-stick to attach to regular poster board. Then I cut out the shape with an X-acto knife.
Tim, thanks so much. Indeed great drawings. From what material should the template be made?
The template looks like a great idea for getting the layout right before attacking the wood directly, thanks for that.
I agree with Porc that is Great drawings! Thanks for sharing your technique.
Great drawings! Thanks for sharing your technique.
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