(revised March 19, 2002)
If you get into cabinet / furniture making, at some some point you'll need to make a drawer or two. The idea of dovetails crosses your mind. But you dismiss the idea - hand cut dovetails are so difficult to make and those dovetail jigs cost a fortune. WRONG! The jigs and things do cost a fortune but hand cutting through dovetails isn't that hard to do. I've put together a set of step by step instructions with lots of simple, easy to follow diagrams that'll have you making functional through dovetails in a couple of hours. AND you probably already have all the tools you need!
The instructions are mainly based on the "Making a Dovetailed Drawer with Frank Klausz" video, with some Tage Frid and Ian Kirby thrown in. It took three or four passes at making the instructions before I had the minimum information I needed to have a go at actually cutting some dovetails. A few more revisions and the instructions worked - for me, and hopefully for you too.
THESE PAGES ARE EACH A "GIF" FILE, INTENDED TO BE DOWNLOADED AND PRINTED OFF LINE.
Print them up, go over them once and then take 'em to the shop. Do what you see and add notes if needed. File the instructions away once you've got the hang of hand cutting dovetails and refer back to them when you need a refresher.
As Mr. Klausz said "Go for it!" (and if you can get your hands on his tape it would be good to have around - I've put down the basics but there's a lot more tips and techniques on the tape.)
So here you go. If you have questions or suggestions for changes please feel free to e-mail me
Step 7 - The first three saw cuts for the PINS (revised March 17,2002)
Step 8 -Making the remaining PINS saw cuts (revised March 17,2002)
Step 9 - Removing the PINS waste (revised Dec. 15, 2003)
(step 12A - Test Fit and Clean Up Pins & Tails) added March 19,2002
Links to where you can get the Frank Klausz video
or try HERE for $15US
Now if someone can think of a great use for a bunch of small wood trapezoids please feel free to drop me a line and share the secret.e-mail me