Hand-cut Dovetails: Transferring tails to tall pin board
I’ve cut my tails and I’m in a pickle trying to figure out how to securely transfer my layout to my pin board. My trouble is my bench is only 28″ tall, and my pin board is 45″ tall (tail board only 15″ tall).
FYI I also haven’t cut out my pin gaps on my tail board since I was planning on using Rob Cosman’s technique with a blade kerf offset and mini-rabbet/ shoulder on the tail board…
I’ve invested a lot of time and effort in my workpieces and want to get it right.
Any advice would be appreciated.
Lay your tall pinboard flat on the bench and clamp with the end overhanging the bench top. Clamp a thick piece of timber on the short tailstock at the bottom layout line/ rabbet, with the timber resting on the pinboard you can layout your pins. Drawing shows a rabbeted tail board.
"I also haven’t cut out my pin gaps on my tail board since I was planning on using Rob Cosman’s technique with a blade kerf offset".-Too many complex "techniques" for my simple mind. Can't help you with that. Why not just cut your tails, transfer to pin board and cut your pins.
You solution looks awesome. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU
It seems obvious now that I look at it, but it certainly wasn't.
Very happy I could help. Best of luck with your project.
This gentleman is frequently on this web site and I am sure he will be commenting soon. He has a jig he uses for laying out dovetails.
Unfortunately you started the task without an understanding of the complete process. I am not trying to be course just calling it like it is.
Caulk it up as experience.
You're right. The youtube demos are done with small boxes. Scaling it up to 45" wall cabinet size brings new challenges.
Haaa, thanks for the intro 7690045! Most kind.
My "collinear marking" method dispenses with the transfer entirely, using my tools to lay out both the pin and tail boards in advance of any saw work. There's lots of info on the website, but timing is everything... I did a blog post and videos on this exact topic that went live a couple of weeks back. In the videos I mark out and join two boards over 5' long. The blog post is here:
The first video is embedded in the blog, the second one is on the TailSpin channel at:
The third one is being edited, stay tuned. If you'd like to chat reach out through the contact form on the website. Good luck with your project!