Hand Cut Dovetails
Weekend Hand Tool Woodworking Series
Hand cut dovetails are considered the mark of a craftsman. In this two day class we'll introduce you to the techniques and sequences of steps to cut dovetails by hand using a hand saw and chisels.
Why is this a beginner class? Dovetails teach you the basics of layout and markup, using a handsaw and using a chisel to pare and chop. Dovetails are easier to cut and fit than mortice and tenon joinery. There are more tricks and they're more forgiving. Plus, if you go home and practise them you can improve rapidly.
In this class you'll learn:
- What is a dovetail
- How to layout out dovetails
- How to saw to a line
- How to sharpen and maintain a chisel
- How to pare and chop to a line with a chisel
- Make through and half blind dovetails
- The art of fitting dovetails
For this class you don't need to bring tools - we have tools at each workbench that you can use.
However, learning to sharpen is best done working on your own chisel - please bring a 1/2" chisel. The Irwin Tools Marples Woodworking chisel (or similar) is very reasonable - about $13 from Woodcraft and also available at Edensaw in Port Townsend.
If you do want to practice with your own saw we recommend the Lee Valley / Veritas Standard Dovetail Saw - 14 tpi which, for around $65, is great value.
More about this class
More Classes in the Weekend Hand tool Series
- Hand Saw Essentials
- Hand Plane Essentials
- Hand Cut Dovetails
- Hand Cut Mortise and Tenon
- Tools for Design (design seminar)
- Traditional Finishing
This class focuses on precision sawing - you will benefit from having taken our Handsaw Essentials class.
Class Information and Registration
Class starts at 9:00am on the first day in Building 315 at Fort Worden.
Please read our What to Expect page for general information about the School.
Please also read our Registration Policy.
Class size: 10
Materials Charge: $30
When you click on the Register link you will be able to register for the class or, if the class is full, sign up for the wait list.