Dovetail Resources / Tutorials


There are a lot of resources on the internet about how to
make dovetail joints. Below are a couple I found useful when starting of.

  • Hand Cut Dovetails:  I’m pretty fond of this dovetail walk through
    since it has a list of tools, and a pretty detailed description of what to do
    and not do.
  • How to Dovetail: Pretty good about explaining all of the
    different terminology: half pin, pin board, tail board etc. 

I recommend reading and watching these and many more. Although the basic steps are all the same each tutorial will have little pieces of advice that are very useful. (This was particularly true for me when I started working on my own joints.)

And sadly, the picture above is not my work. Hopefully one day my joints will look like that.

My “first” project

imageAs I mentioned in my last post I have always enjoyed working with my hands. I hadn’t done and true carpentry until recently though. 

What started all of this was a friend asked if I could build a sofa arm table for her. She lives in a tiny studio and doesn’t have space for a coffee table, but wanted a place to put a cup and book while on the couch (okay technically she still wants this… I’m just slow at building it).

Here’s the site she sent me with the idea.

I liked the idea, but the design bothered me, a lot. It isn’t an elegant design; It’s just three pieces of wood held together with some brackets, which causes gaps between the pieces, and just overall looks ugly to me.

After some thought I decided it would look great with some dovetail joints. The only problem is I had no idea how to make dovetail joints.

Four months later my friend still doesn’t have her table, but I’ve learned a lot and I think in another week or two I’ll be ready to give it a try.