Hand-Cut Dovetails

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11 HD Video Lessons

Skill Level

Skill Building


Sam Norris

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Hand-Cut Dovetails

Hand-Cut Dovetails

with Sam Norris

Sam Norris leads this essential course for woodworkers who seek to master the art and craft of sturdy and practical dovetail joinery.

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A note from Sam Norris, instructor of Hand-Cut Dovetails

You'll find a lot of videos that purport to teach you how to make dovetail joints fast. Well, they may be fast, but I can tell you with certainty, they're not good. As I demonstrate in my class, Hand-Cut Dovetails, this is a craft that takes patience, precision and practice. And that's not a bad thing. As you're about to discover, making hand-cut dovetails is something to savor.

What You'll Learn in Hand-Cut Dovetails

  • Create standard, half-blind and single-entry dovetails
  • Develop your sawing skills to cut with precision
  • Use your chisel like a pro
  • Repair small errors
  • Pare joints before and during fitting
  • Techniques for drawer construction
  • Hand woodworking skills you'll use for projects of all types


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