Hand Tools Archive

Re: Dovetails
Response To:
Dovetails ()

Wiley Horne--So. Calif.
Hi Tony and all,

Great post! Practice one method is fine advice.

I’ll add one note. One would frequently hear the phrase ‘saw to the line’, and with that in mind I would get my nose down in the cut, trying to avoid that first little straying from the line.

Then one day, John McDonald who years ago would post on Badger Pond gave me the opposite advice. He said to stand back so that you can see the whole picture, the horizontal planes spreading out on either side of the saw cut, the plane the saw is making relative to the right angles of the work, and the marks on the work. In other words, look and think in planes, and get a comfortable distance back so you can see the planes.

Made a lot of difference!

Thanks for your post.


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