Cut perfect joints efficiently by hand
Synopsis: The handsome half-blind dovetail is easy to find — it is often used to join drawer fronts to drawer sides. When made with contrasting woods, the result can be especially striking. Many a woodworker uses a router and jig to cut snug half-blind dovetails with relative ease. But Carl Swensson believes in cutting the joint efficiently by hand. Swensson demonstrates how, with careful attention to sawing and chiseling techniques, he can cut a snug pair of half-blinds in about an hour.
Atightly fitting half-blind dovetail is easy to find and easy to admire. Locating one can be as simple as opening the nearest drawer, because the technique most often is used to join drawer fronts to drawer sides. When made with contrasting woods, the hand-cut joint, with its narrow pins and variable spacing, is especially attractive.
Many a woodworker uses a router and jig to cut snug half-blind dovetails with…