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I don't do a lot of dovetails...

John in NM
Mostly I make grips and sell them, so I've gotten away from making fine furniture (fine being a middling descriptor in my way of thinking :D )

Back when I was trying to sell furniture - with the results typical of many others who have tried that and gone back to a paying job in short order - I liked making end tables. A quick little project that would showcase skills and not be horribly expensive to build.

I used to do the dovetailed drawers with either pine as a secondary wood or soft maple. I can't imagine trying a set of tails on oak at that early stage, that is a recipe for discouragement in my view.

Like others, I'll say get some poplar. I would also suggest some mahogany, its actually very fun to dovetail because its sooooo easy!

The absolute worst dovetail joint that fits together will still function as intended. Maybe a couple years ago I knocked together some quick and dirty cedar boxes for fly tying materials. If you want to practice like that, get some pine boards and just make some utility boxes like for tools. First priority is fit, second is appearance. If they fit you succeeded and the rest is refinement that comes with practice.

For what its worth, I can't turn worth a darn. Never got past the fear of wrecking my work with a catch.

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Art, fine art, and utter messes....
I agree with what you say...however....
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Beauty is as beauty does (in my case)
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my experience with the schools..
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My situation was unique I think...
Is there a psychologist in the house?
The outer frame; the border. *NM*
Thanks for playing, Wiley :) *NM*
I don't think it matters...
The kids...
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I'm waiting for...
Correct.
Where to start a 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle...
Where do you start a 1000-piece puzzle?
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said better than I did *NM*
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I don't do a lot of dovetails...
You provided some sage advice *PIC*
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yeah...
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Skew chisel *PIC*
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I did my first ones in oak... *PIC*
just read bill's later post..
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Slicks and makers
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