Showing Shop Dovetail Procedure (in SketchUp)

comments (7) March 31st, 2011 in blogs

Killenwood Tim Killen, contributor
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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.


posted in: blogs, box, dovetails, shaker

Comments (7)

Goondog Goondog writes: 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!
Posted: 1:09 am on April 9th

EdwardCantu EdwardCantu writes: Great job Tim. Thanks for your efforts. It helped me a lot.
Posted: 8:11 am on April 3rd

Killenwood Killenwood writes: 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.

Posted: 3:28 pm on April 1st

CapnRich CapnRich writes: Tim, thanks so much. Indeed great drawings. From what material should the template be made?
Posted: 1:12 pm on April 1st

Wiggs Wiggs writes: The template looks like a great idea for getting the layout right before attacking the wood directly, thanks for that.
Posted: 7:57 am on April 1st

hurcules hurcules writes: I agree with Porc that is Great drawings! Thanks for sharing your technique.

Posted: 6:21 pm on March 31st

PORC PORC writes: Great drawings! Thanks for sharing your technique.

Posted: 5:41 pm on March 31st

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