How to cut lap dovetails – The Art of Slow Dovetailing II

How to cut lap dovetails – The Art of Slow Dovetailing II

Posted by on Nov 15, 2015 in Video | No Comments
Cutting lap dovetails is similar to cutting through dovetails. The difference is that you can't cut all the way through when cutting the pins. Instead they have to be chopped out with a chisel. Here I show how to mark out and cut a set of lapped dovetails as may be used on a drawer front.
Skelton dovetail saw review

Skelton dovetail saw review

Posted by on Jun 24, 2015 in Articles, Published Articles | No Comments
This review appeared in Furniture and Cabinet Maker number 231. The Skelton saw is certainly a fine piece of kit.
How to cut through dovetails – An Introduction to Slow Dovetailing

How to cut through dovetails – An Introduction to Slow Dovetailing

Posted by on Jun 22, 2015 in Video | No Comments
You often see videos on youtube of people cutting dovetails very quickly, very impressive but not very instructional. In this video I give a step by step guide on marking out and cutting through dovetails.
Jig for Routing the Waste Between Dovetail Pins.

Jig for Routing the Waste Between Dovetail Pins.

Posted by on Jun 22, 2015 in Articles, Newsletter articles | No Comments
If you have a number of dovetail joints to cut, in a set of drawers for a kitchen perhaps, hand cutting can become tedious. This jig helps with the job of removing the waste between the pins.
Cutting small dovetails on the band saw.

Cutting small dovetails on the band saw.

Posted by on Aug 13, 2014 in Newsletter articles | One Comment
In another article I described a jig to cut very large dovetails on the band saw. However the band saw is also useful when you have a lot of smaller dovetails to cut perhaps for a batch of drawers. In this short article I describe a time saving technique for doing this.
The Campaign for slow dovetails – How to Cut Lap Dovetails

The Campaign for slow dovetails – How to Cut Lap Dovetails

Posted by on Aug 11, 2014 in Newsletter articles | 2 Comments
This second article in my “Campaign for Slow Dovetails” series deals with cutting lap dovetails. It’s developed from the handout for my Basic skills part III course which teaches both through and lap dovetails.
The Campaign for Slow Dovetails.

The Campaign for Slow Dovetails.

Posted by on Feb 23, 2014 in Articles, Newsletter articles | No Comments
In this article I will show how to cut and fit nice snug dovetails, the emphasis being on the quality of the joint rather than speed.
Dovetailing and drawer fitting

Dovetailing and drawer fitting

Posted by on Aug 3, 1916 in Advanced Furniture Courses, Courses | No Comments
Five days. This challenging course is for those who really want to understand how perfect drawers are made and fitted; the sort of drawers that close with a sigh and fit so perfectly that one drawer comes out when you push the other in!
Improver’s make a book case

Improver’s make a book case

Posted by on Jul 31, 1916 in Courses, Improver's Furniture Courses | No Comments
Five days. During this five day course you will make a solid oak book case with a burr veneer top. You will learn how to cut carcase dovetails, joint and lay veneer, cut and fit inlay, edge joint boards and fit adjustable shelves.
Make your own workbench.

Make your own workbench.

Posted by on Jul 7, 1916 in Courses, Improver's Furniture Courses | No Comments
Six day course. The workbench is the centre of any wood workshop, so it's important that it is well made and ergonomically sound. On this course you will make the same bench that Chris uses for his work. With an 80mm thick top and with front and tail vices and bench dogs it is robust and has excellent work holding facilities. The dimensions can be adjusted to your requirements, so you will leave with a valuable woodworking tool and also the satisfaction that you will be working at a bench you have made yourself.
Dovetailing weekend.

Dovetailing weekend.

Posted by on Jun 9, 1916 in Beginner's Courses, Courses | No Comments
Two day course. If you have the basic woodworking skills, perhaps acquired on earlier courses, but want to take things further by tackling dovetails this course is for you. During the weekend you will learn to cut both through and lap dovetails. The discipline and concentration involved in cutting this joint will help with improving your accuracy and craftsmanship.