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5 things that helped me cut better dovetails

5 things that helped me cut better dovetails

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Here are the 5 things that have helped me improve my dovetails the most.

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Dovetails Just Got a Little Easier

Dovetails Just Got a Little Easier

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Setup block simplifies clamping parts for layout.

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Pint-sized arts and crafts cabinet

Pint-sized arts and crafts cabinet

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Here's a great little project that packs in a big Arts and Crafts punch. It's a scaled-down version of an Arts and crafts display case that I had originally built for Fine Woodworking. It incorporates the same features as the original, but requires less lumber and effort to build.

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What hand tools cant you live without?

What hand tools can't you live without?

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While building a travel tool chest I had to make a hard desicion about which hand tools would make the cut. I'll tell you what I settled on, but I want to know which tools would end up in your tool chest.

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Its impossible to cheat at woodworking

It's impossible to cheat at woodworking

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If anyone ever tells you that some woodworking technique (probably one for joints) is cheating, ignore that person. It's ridiculous. There is no cheating in woodworking.

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Design journal: A tea box gets a face lift

Design journal: A tea box gets a face lift

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Revisiting an old design is a great opportunity to push the envelope, even if you were happy with the first try.

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Bandsawn Dovetails: Tails AND Pins

Bandsawn Dovetails: Tails AND Pins

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Two simple jigs produce all your defining cuts quickly and easily at the bandsaw

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UPDATE: Dovetail Techniques with Stephen Hammer

UPDATE: Dovetail Techniques with Stephen Hammer

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See who won a copy of Dovetail Techniques

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Tweaking a shaker table

Tweaking a shaker table

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Padauk pegs add a whimsical detail

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Designing around the lumber you  have

Designing around the lumber you have

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I recently made a small wall shelf with drawers from some air-dried lumber I picked up from friends. Having a limited quantity forced me to design the materials at hand rather than designing the piece and looking for lumber afterward.

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Williamsburg Day 3: Fitting moldings, drawers, and inlay

Williamsburg Day 3: Fitting moldings, drawers, and inlay

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Another great day at Williamsburg's "Working Wood in the 18th Century" conference, filled with entertaining woodworking demos and tons of tips and inspiration to carry home.

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Chris Becksvoort and David Yepez: Mano a Mano

Chris Becksvoort and David Yepez: Mano a Mano

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It takes a tough man to challenge Fine Woodworking contributing editor Chris Becksvoort to a dovetail face-off. Find out if David Yepez "has the gumption!"

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Rope handle spices up a tea box

Rope handle spices up a tea box

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Just a simple dovetailed box with a rope to keep it closed.

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Winner Announced: Help Crown a Dovetail King!

Winner Announced: Help Crown a Dovetail King!

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See who took home the grand prize in our dovetail challenge.

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Hand-tool lovers converge on Williamsburg

Hand-tool lovers converge on Williamsburg

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The furniture of Jefferson's Monticello is the topic of this year's Working Wood in the 18th Century conference, co-sponsored by Fine Woodworking and Colonial Williamsburg. Jefferson himself (in the person of Williamsburg's Bill Barker) showed up often at the show, to answer questions about Jefferson's life, work, and philosophy.

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Dovetailed drawers are overrated

Dovetailed drawers are overrated

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Most woodworkers consider dovetailed drawers the pinnacle of design and joinery. I like them too, but other joints are just as "fine" and you shouldn't be afraid to use them.

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Working with reclaimed lumber

Working with reclaimed lumber

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Follow along as I make a box using lumber reclaimed from a stud in my 100 year old house.

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Woodworkers Guide to Dovetails

Woodworker's Guide to Dovetails

New book by Ernie Conover covers hand and router-cut dovetails.

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A Virtual Lesson on Dovetails

A Virtual Lesson on Dovetails

Another note from the Fine Woodworking Mailbag: We usually are embarrassed to talk about our “attaboys” but...

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Roy Underhill opens woodworking school

Roy Underhill opens woodworking school

Learn how to cut joints the traditional way with the star of PBS' long-running TV series, "The Woodwright's Shop."

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