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Re: First Time For Everything

jessecloud
I thought I would never learn how to cut a decent dovetail. Tried everything, then I got the advice "If you keep trying new things, you will never get enough practice at anything." Decide tails or pins and don't change. Make a batch, analyze what went wrong and try to fix it on the next batch. Eventually, it will come.

Took me about a month of practice, but I can now turn out decent but not masterful dovetails. I still do some practice exercises before I start on the real thing - a few cuts just to practice sawing on the line and square, then a few dovetails just to remind the muscles what this is.

One other thing that still helps me, is that sometimes the geometry can get confusing. Keep an example set around that just dry fitted - worth a thousand words.

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