Hand Cut Full and Half-Blind Dovetails

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Date(s) - 2024/05/04
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Faust Park Shop


Instructor:  Phil Morton

Description:  Hand Cutting of Full and Half-Blind Dovetails.  This class we will cover all necessary aspects for marking out and cutting by hand both through and half-blind dovetails, which are appropriate for both general casework and traditional drawer construction.  Methods for employing power tools to facilitate the cutting of this essential joint, where appropriate, will also be described. 


1)  Familiarity with cutting stock to a given length and width, along with jointing and planing of stock to final thickness would be a plus, but is not absolutely required. 

2)  Guild Safety Class

Materials and supplies that students are expected to bring to class:

A piece of poplar, alder, or pine softwood, ½ or 3/8 inch thick x 6-1/2 inch wide x 20-24 inches long.

A piece of cherry, maple, or walnut hardwood, ¾ inches thick x 6-1/2 inches wide x 20-24 inches long.

It is best if the wood is knot-free and relatively straight grained.

Lunch break: 12:30 PM – 30 minutes 

Other items Students need to bring to class, such as tools:

Students will need a marking gauge, T bevel or dovetail marker, a 6 or 12 inch combination square, a marking knife or thin pencil, a set of bench chisels 1/4″, 3/8″, 1/2″, a mallet, and a dovetail saw.  A coping or fret saw, along with set of calipers, would be a nice to have. However, some coping saws and calipers are available at the shop.  Bench chisels should be very sharp; there is a sharpening class on Jan 6, 2024 if you need to learn this important woodworking skill.

Information that the student needs to send to the instructor before class starts: None


Registrations are closed for this event.