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Three Essential Dovetails

with Kyle Kwiatkowski
Add three impressive dovetails to your woodworking repertoire. Expert woodworker Kyle Kwiatkowski demonstrates the half-blind, through and canted joints.

Advance your craft and learn how to make dovetail joints that are both functional and beautiful dovetail joints. Join expert woodworker and instructor Kyle Kwiatkowski as he guides you through wood selection and material preparation for through, half-blind and canted joints. Get helpful strategies for cutting these dovetails, approaching shoulder lines and cleaning out waste. Learn a variety of chisel techniques for pristine waste removal and confidently cut your pins using the tails as your template. Successfully define shoulder lines and true up your pins on all three joints. Then, use graphite or learn to spot signs of burnishing to find areas where you need to shave the wood to achieve a perfect fit. Plus, get troubleshooting tips and helpful tricks for achieving a snug join for strong, handsome dovetails you'll proudly showcase in your workshop or home.

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Lesson 1. Introduction & Doevetail Planning

  • Meet your instructor, woodworking expert Kyle Kwiatkowski, and learn more about the three kinds of dovetails you'll be making in class: through, half-blind and canted. Kyle discusses wood choices and how to mill your boards -- by machine or by hand -- to prepare them for dovetailing. Then get started with marking your boards for each kind of dovetail.


Lesson 2. Cutting & Saw Control: Tails


Lesson 3. Waste Removal: Tails


Lesson 4. Transferring Layout & Cutting: Pins


Lesson 5. Waste Removal: Pins


Lesson 6. Cleaning the Shoulder Lines


Lesson 7. Final Fit

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