In this video, I show you how to cut a Dovetail Joint entirely by hand. It’s a difficult one to get right, however there are a few tricks, tips and techniques that can be very beneficial while cutting this joint.
Cutting Basic Woodworking Joints by Hand
This course teaches people how to cut basic woodworking joints using hand tools only. We cover fundamental techniques such as:
- Preparing timber
- Layout of assembly lines
- Marking out joinery
- Cutting accurately with a saw
- Refining back to marking lines with a chisel
- Adjusting joints where required
- Assembling, gluing and cleaning up joints effectively.
This is the first of three difficulty tiers with hand cut joinery. At this level, we focus on cutting a corner halving joint and a cross halving joint. Then we just straight into the deep end and get cutting a dovetail joint. But don’t worry, all instructions are provided step-by-step and downloads/printouts are also available to take to the workshop with you.
If you cannot get your hand cut joinery up to standard, this is the course for you.
In this video, I show you how to cut a Cross Halving Joint entirely by hand. This is a basic joint that is great for practising marking out, sawing, and chisel work.
This is probably the first woodworking joint you are ever likely to cut. Although it looks simple, it’s deceptively difficult to get looking clean, crisp and square. These are a few of my tips when it comes to cutting a corner halving joint to ensure a beautiful, gap free joint.