How to Cut and Fit Perfect Dovetail Pins (Part 2)
Scribe the tails accurately and the rest is simple handwork
Synopsis: You learned to lay out, saw, and chop the tails in FWW #238. With that half of a through-dovetail joint complete, it’s on to the pins. Here you will learn how to transfer the tail layout to the pins, how to cut the pins, and how to assemble the joint. Widely acknowledged as a dovetail “master,” Christian Becksvoort has a lot of great knowledge to share—from ways to assure accurate scribing to methods for keeping the tail board flat and steady while you work. He also has tips for perfect paring and a stress-free glue-up. And if something goes wrong, he’ll show you how to fix gaps.
In the first half of this two-part article, I described every step of the process I use to lay out, saw, and chop the tails in a through-dovetail joint. I always cut…