Dovetails with a Reciprocating saw?
During a recent bench project, I was cutting the waste out between a set of 2-in. thick dovetails pins when my coping saw blade broke. I could have sworn I had a few spare blades in the shop, but couldn’t track them down.
I grabbed my cordless drill and threw a forstner bit in the chuck. I drilled halfway through one side of the board, flipped it, (to prevent blow-out) and drilled through to the center. Then I simply used a cordless reciprocating saw to make quick cuts from the drilled hole, up, and out. With that much of the waste between the pins gone, all I had to do was chip out the rest of the waste at the thin part of the drilled hole and then pare down to the line.
I do have a new blade in my coping saw now, but I might use this technique again when working with thick stock. Click here if you’d like to see the finished bench: Make a Bench from a Board
A different way to reach the same goal.
In this photo you can see the kerfs from the dovetail saw and the holes that were drilled with a forstner bit. Then I quickly cut up and out with the reciprocating saw.
This is where the process really sped up. One quick hit with the chisel and mallet at the thin part of the drilled hole, knocked half of the remaining waste out.
Another quick hit on the opposite side and most of the waste is gone.
Now we're back to about where we would be if using a coping saw. Pare down half way through...
and then to the center from the other side.