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Jacksdad

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12-11-2017 01:48 AM

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I’m making a recipe box for my wife for Christmas and I’m dovetailing the sides. When is it not considered hand cut, if you use more machinery than hand saws, or if you use any machinery, I used my scroll to cut the angled lines for the dovetail and I’ll chop them out with my chisel, and cut the pins with a handsaw. How do you do it?


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ColonelTravis

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#1 posted 12-11-2017 02:32 AM

Technically, I’d call yours 100% hand-chopped and maybe 50% hand-cut but not 100% hand-cut. In the end, does it really matter?

I do mine by hand but use Dave Barron’s guide for the saw cuts. Some people think that’s cheating, which to me, is ridiculous. Pretty much the only people in the world who care about the method are builders. Everyone else just thinks they look good.

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#2 posted 12-11-2017 03:16 AM

Technically if any machine was used in the process, the “hand cut” is voided! :)
Heard of a very talented guy who would use a use a router jig but make scribe lines
to make it look hand cut?

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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AlaskaGuy

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#3 posted 12-11-2017 03:44 AM



Technically if any machine was used in the process, the “hand cut” is voided! :)
Heard of a very talented guy who would use a use a router jig but make scribe lines
to make it look hand cut?

- Andre

Does this mean if I use a jointer plugged into an outlet to prep the sock the dovetails can’t be called hand cut?

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#4 posted 12-11-2017 03:47 AM

Cutting with a machine (scroll saw) means not hand cut.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#5 posted 12-11-2017 03:48 AM

Technically if any machine was used in the process, the “hand cut” is voided! :)
Heard of a very talented guy who would use a use a router jig but make scribe lines
to make it look hand cut?

- Andre
Does this mean if I use a jointer plugged into an outlet to prep the sock the dovetails can t be called hand cut?

Yep that’s right your disqualified if you even think about using a machine.:)

-- Aj

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Rich

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#6 posted 12-11-2017 03:57 AM

Technically if any machine was used in the process, the “hand cut” is voided! :)
Heard of a very talented guy who would use a use a router jig but make scribe lines
to make it look hand cut?

- Andre
Does this mean if I use a jointer plugged into an outlet to prep the sock the dovetails can t be called hand cut?

- AlaskaGuy

That’s right, AG. In fact, if you use any tools at all — saws, chisels, etc — they are not technically “hand cut.” They are tool cut.

Now, if you want to say, “hey Rich, you’re so stupid, no one can cut wood with their hands,” I say to you, where does it end? You control the saw and chisel with your hands, so you say they’re hand cut. Well, I control the router on my Leigh jig with my hands, so are mine hand cut? Where’s does the line get drawn?

Carl Sagan said that if you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe.

Let the ridiculousness begin…....

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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jbay

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#7 posted 12-11-2017 04:12 AM

It’s only a handout if someone gives you the dovetail machine :>)

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AlaskaGuy

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#8 posted 12-11-2017 05:35 AM

Technically if any machine was used in the process, the “hand cut” is voided! :)
Heard of a very talented guy who would use a use a router jig but make scribe lines
to make it look hand cut?

- Andre
Does this mean if I use a jointer plugged into an outlet to prep the sock the dovetails can t be called hand cut?

- AlaskaGuy

That s right, AG. In fact, if you use any tools at all — saws, chisels, etc — they are not technically “hand cut.” They are tool cut.

Now, if you want to say, “hey Rich, you re so stupid, no one can cut wood with their hands,” I say to you, where does it end? You control the saw and chisel with your hands, so you say they re hand cut. Well, I control the router on my Leigh jig with my hands, so are mine hand cut? Where s does the line get drawn?

Carl Sagan said that if you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe.

Let the ridiculousness begin…....

- Rich


Well the terminology needs changing then. instead of “hand cut dovetails” it need to be ” dovetails cut my hand guided hand tools”.

Rich, you’re not stupid very often. :)

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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Woodknack

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#9 posted 12-11-2017 07:15 AM

Your wife won’t care if you used a scrollsaw, unless she is a Lumberjock, so call it what you like. :)

-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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Fred Hargis

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#10 posted 12-11-2017 11:45 AM



Your wife won t care if you used a scrollsaw, unless she is a Lumberjock, so call it what you like. :)

- Rick_M


That’s pretty much it…..Lonnie Bird built a chest in an article I read a few years back. The carcase was joined by 1/2 blind DTs. He freehanded most of the waste out with a router, then chiseled them to fit…and called them “hand cut”. Call it whatever you want, I won’t argue.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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Jim Jakosh

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#11 posted 12-11-2017 12:04 PM

Here’s how I do it:
I use a router template and cut half blind dovetails. I have yet to cut one by hand but appreciate the skill and accuracy of those who do. I have to make some Recipe boxes too and I will use a lock miter bit for the corners.

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Ron Aylor

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#12 posted 12-11-2017 12:20 PM

 
I think it’s an issue of using electricity. If the scroll saw was human powered … I’d say yes, hand cut. But like Rick says … Your wife won’t care.

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rwe2156

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#13 posted 12-11-2017 02:51 PM

I say it has to be with hand tools & by candlelight. LOL

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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Ron Aylor

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#14 posted 12-11-2017 03:03 PM



I say it has to be with hand tools & by candlelight. LOL

- rwe2156

I was going to say that, but didn’t want to cause a fracas! LOL.

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bondogaposis

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#15 posted 12-11-2017 03:24 PM

Just call them dovetails.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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