VIDEO: Hand Cut Dovetails Part 10: Layout the Pins

//VIDEO: Hand Cut Dovetails Part 10: Layout the Pins

VIDEO 10/15 of Joshua Farnsworth’s free hand cut dovetail video series shows how to layout the pins using the previously cut tails as a template.

This is a very detailed tutorial designed to teach beginners how to become expert at dovetailing by hand. It is offered as a free resource to encourage the revival of traditional woodworking.


This detailed video series was inspired by a 5 day class that I took from Roy Underhill and Bill Anderson: world-renowned experts on traditional woodworking with hand tools.

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Shortcuts to Dovetail Videos 1-15:



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Joshua loves mixing his passion for traditional hand tool woodworking with his ability to teach in a simple manner. He lives on a small farm in Earlysville, Virginia with his wife and four children, and builds furniture in his workshop / woodworking school.

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For most 19th century furniture makers simplicity and speed were, I think, very important since speed and simplicity meant productivity. This is the approach I like to replicate so I try to use as few tools and steps as I can. When I lay out dovetails for drawer ends (using the same pattern as you do here) I simply halve the width of the board for the first pin. Halve those to make quarters for the other pins. Ganging pieces is helpful too. Simple as that. Great precision isn’t really necessary for many things as no one will notice things… Read more »

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