Simple Trick for Cleaner Dovetail Joints
Learn a simple technique for super-tight dovetails
Over the years, we’ve seen dozens of ways to cut a dovetail joint—from traditional hand-cut methods and power tool assisted methods, to routers coupled with specialty jigs—but one thing remains constant. For a dovetailed piece of furniture to succeed visually, it needs tight-fitting joinery. In this short video, Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking director Bob Van Dyke demonstrates a simple technique for trimming the waste between dovetail pins using a router and a pattern bit. It yields a tight-fitting dovetail joint with a perfectly square shoulder line that can’t be beat. Power up your router and give it a try.
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