Introduction to standard dovetails using hand tools
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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.
- 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)
Class Size: 3 – 6 students
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