Practicing Craftsmanship – How to Make Hand Cut Dovetail Joints

This week we talk about craftsmanship and how to hone a craft. For us, it is about hand cut dovetail joints. Our boat has some on it, so we figured we should learn and carry on that tradition. As I plan and design the new teak frames for the ports, I want them to match the look and style of the other parts of the boat. I practiced making hand cut dovetails using pine before doing so with the expensive teak wood.
In this episode, we lay out some possible framing and joint solutions, make a few and learn from our mistakes.

I hope you find this interesting and helpful for work you may be doing. I am certainly not a pro at this so by all means, feel free to provide some comments, suggestions or feedback on how to make these joints better. Our intent is to practice and learn before we do them for real.

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