Practical #5

How To Cut Advanced Joinery By Hand

By now you should be getting quite proficient at hand cutting joints; they should have minimal gaps, be secure when assembled, and look uniform. Now lets move onto some even more challenging joinery that will be essential to the upcoming projects in the school.

How To Cut a Mitred Dovetail

A mitred dovetail joint is not only a beautiful way to finish off a corner, but is also a great choice of joint when it comes to hiding grooves or rebates within a carcass. This is because it negates the need to produce stopped grooves, as explained in this lesson.

You will learn:

  • How to mark out the joint
  • How to cut to a line
  • How to refine the joint
  • How to clamp the joint

How To Cut an Angled Dovetail

An angled dovetail isn't too dissimilar to a traditional through dovetail, however the marking out and material preparation requires a lot of thought. This joint is a great way to easily put an alternative twist on an otherwise square project.

You will learn:

  • How to mark out the joint
  • How to cut to a line
  • How to refine the joint
  • How to clamp the joint

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