Thursday, August 24, 2006

Hand-Cut Dovetail Resource Site

Alan Foust has created a great little site dedicated to hand-cut dovetails. The dovetail joint is a favorite among fine woodworkers. While the box that holds an automaton's mechanism isn't subject to huge loads, the dovetail is an attractive joint in addition to being very strong. If not cut to fit too tightly, it can be assembled and disassembled during automaton construction.

The Hand Cut Dovetail Site has links to How-To resources including online articles, books, and videos. He's also added links to related tools including dovetail saws, chisels, mallets, and marking gauges.

If you like power tools more than time-honored craft, you can consider getting a dovetail jig for use with a hand-held router. I admit it...I have one.

Anyone wanting to learn more about cutting dovetails by hand should check out The Hand Cut Dovetail Site

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