We’ve been building up our Common Woodworking site with more helps guides for new woodworkers to get started or to build their hand skills if they have mostly or only used machine methods. To that end our recently posted how to’s and exercises includes the ever-important dovetail joint. As ever, you have all been so positive about your learning experiences but we want to help you even more.
There was a time in the pre internet days when I could only teach and train in person. The trouble was that that then excluded most of the rest of the world’s emerging woodworkers. Today that’s all changed because of course we have the internet; instead of teaching only a handful of new woodworkers in a class or on a course, we are now able to help hundreds if not thousands At first I was a little leery that such a thing could replace my one-on-one working with students, but that has proven not to be the case at all. Of course I’m not saying that it’s exactly the same as having someone look over your shoulder or standing in front of someone’s workbench, but with modern day videography it’s become an excellent close second. Hundreds of people wanting to master craft are now able to do so and we feel with a little tweaking we can all learn from one another mistakes and successes.
You would be surprised how much I can tell you about what and how you did by just looking at the finished joints you make. I can generally tell you about the saw, the sawing technique and much more by just looking inside the joint. I can tell where you fettled this or that part or where instead of doing this you should or could have done that. How would you like me to critique your early efforts at dovetailing?
If you have been following Common Woodworking’s dovetailing guide and made the single or the double dovetail, I’d be happy to critique it. Remember this is for new woodworkers or those who need help to figure out what they are doing wrong. I doubt I could cope with everyone else’s but if you are new to our guides and want an honest critique you can send in one your first efforts at dovetailing in the post. To find out how to send them in, click here and we will look at what you did and let you know what we found.
An added advantage will be that we hope to put together an image gallery of new woodworker’s dovetails along with pointers for how they could be improved. We hope this will be a great resource for others when they are troubleshooting their dovetail joints.