Bandsawn Dovetails: Tails AND Pinscomments (1) December 12th, 2012 in blogs
Back in Fine Woodworking #219, furnituremaker Stephen Hammer outlined his process for producing Half-Blind Dovetails in Half the Time. Hammer cuts his tails on the bandsaw using a simple angled jig that rests against the machine's fence, producing a perfect 1:6 dovetail angle. He makes all of his defining cuts and then hogs out the waste before turning his attention to the pins. Hammer cut his half-blind pins with the assistance of a router in the article, but for a subsequent Video Workshop series, he used his tablesaw in combination with a shopmade sled.
Bandsawn Tails AND Pins
It got me thinking--why not cut the pin boards at the bandsaw as well? Of course, you could go through the trouble of angling the bandsaw's table but I thought it might be simple to construct a small ramp set to the same 1:6 angle I cut my tails at. The ramp can be used for both angle cuts, took all of 30 minutes to build, and can be used as long as it holds out. Meaning, there's no need to toss it in the trash after you finish your project.
That said, I'm not tossing away my traditional dovetail saw just yet. I still enjoy cutting joinery by hand but, for larger projects requiring multiple drawers, this little ramp jig really speeds things up.
My first experimental cuts were executed early this morning and the fit isn't half bad. With a bit more practice, I'm confident this technique will yield pin-after-pin, for years to come.
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