Mitered dovetails are done much like through doves... This
tutorial demonstrates use of traditional woodworking tools.
The process explained here is probably more useful than the
specific application to making mitered dovetails. The idea of
cutting a bit "fat" and paring to fit will produce a better joint
consistently... I can make a joint in one try... sometimes it will
be good, sometimes I will miss ... This technique applies to exposed
joints of every type and creates confidence. Through tenons, half
laps, bridal joints, tapered slip joints, all the dovetails... make
um fit ...!
The wood used here is Shedua... another unforgiving hard as a
rock wood... In pine or poplar the joint will allow for tightness
Sketching joints and details is a key to making them..... it
allows you to visualize what will show and what is hidden... This is
where practice pays off... if you know what shows you can go fast
and still end up with a nice lookin joint...
Set the marking gauge for the thickness
plus a 32.... Scribe a baseline on 4 sides... edges too..., These
are 8 to 1 ...use a bevel gauge to mark and use the second board to
support the bevel gauge.
Start by sawing the tail board. Saw on
the waste side. Start the saw on the outside corner and lower it
checking for plumb cutting as you go... The first pin on this
sample is 1" from the end. Mark lines on the edge to help keep the
Using a knife and a square cut deeper
on the tail board at each pin...this prevents tearout and seats the
chisel in its first cut. Easy on the first chisel cut...remove the
waste ...now you have a shoulder to bed the chisel to... Flip the
board at the halfway point... Remove the waste. Clean with a knife.
Using the tail vise to hold the pin
bard scribe...the tail board limits the scribe... use 2 hands to
hold the knife... Do Not Saw the last Pin line! This one miteres and
blends to the pin... Mark the end miters with a 45 on the square and
saw those to the 45 cut on the last pin... Don't overcut!
Try the joint by tapping togeter lightly...take it apart and rasp
or pare with a chisel at the shiney or tight spots...re try...pare
again under cut inside mark tigh spots...