Half-Blind Dovetails in Half the Time
Get the hand-cut look with the speed and consistency of machines
Synopsis: Learn Stephen Hammer’s technique for cutting dovetail joints with a bandsaw and a router. It’s the best of both worlds, yielding the refined look of a hand-cut joint, but with the speed and consistency only power tools can offer. He starts by cutting the tails at the bandsaw, using a simple jig that ensures a consistent angle throughout all the tails. Then he cuts the pins with a handheld router and a straight bit, working freehand right up to the scribe lines. Only the corners of the pin sockets are left to clean up with a chisel, and fitting the joint takes just a bit of paring.
From Fine Woodworking #219
No joint says “handmade” more than halfblind dovetails with delicate pins, so I use them on drawers as one way to distinguish my furniture from the furniture churned out by factories. However, because traditional techniques for making…