Hand Cut Dovetails

Introduction to standard dovetails using hand tools

Date(s):March 10, 2020
Time:6pm – 9pm (3 hrs)
Registration Deadline – seven days before class

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Course Fee: $105

Instructor: Hugh Swiatek

Class Description: Dovetail joints are one of the hallmarks of craftsmanship in woodworking. This class is designed for students who have little or no experience making dovetails and will introduce a simple approach that can easily be applied to future projects. Participants will learn to cut and fit dovetails and will have an opportunity to practice cutting the joint with feedback from the instructor. The instructor will work with each student to ensure that they gain a clear understanding of how dovetails fit and interlock, as well as how to troubleshoot problems as they arise. We will discuss the proper use of a dovetail saw, chisel use, joint layout, and fitting.

Skill Development:

  • Shop safety with hand tools, and general guidelines
  • Marking gauge use, and the layout process
  • Dovetail Saw and Backsaw
  • Chisels, with Mallets
  • Files and Rasps (limited use)
  • Hand Planes (limited use)
  • Scrapers

Class Size: 3 – 6 students

Online Enrollment: Just click on the Course Code (above) of the session in which you wish to enroll; our standard class Policies apply. For sessions without a Course Code link (i.e. works-in-progress), please send email to classes@cuwoodshop.com and include the Course Code (or date and time) of the class that you wish to take. We will make sure that you are enrolled in the class!

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