How to Transfer the Tails

In this lesson, I will show you how to transfer the tails to the pins for maximum accuracy. I also share some extra tips and tricks to help you align the boards perfectly in the first place.

This lessons objectives:

  • How to accurately transfer the tails
  • The use of a vee groove to align components
  • How to maintain blade sharpness
  • To confidently choose a sharpening setup unique to you.

One of the techniques we cover is the vee groove technique which allows you to align the inside corners of the joint with ease. It also means that if the board was to slip for whatever reason, you have a very good chance of getting it in exactly the same position as before.

I prefer using a Swann-Morton SM-01 blade to mark these lines as it is thin enough to get between the smallest of tails, yet rigid enough to not bend excessively like other scalpel blades.

These can be purchased directly from Swann-Morton alongside a handle. Or if you would prefer to treat yourself to a premium wooden handle to fit a selection of their blades, you can purchase a handle from my store. These are available in over 15 different types of wood and 4 different ferrule materials making them fully customisable to you own taste.

By the end of this lesson, you will have all four corners marked out and ready to cut in the next episode.

A Custom Marking Knife in Bocote and Brass

Supporting Material

Click the images below to see supporting material helping you with this part of the project.

My 5 Favourite Tools for Hand Cut Joinery

The scalpel that I use in this video is easily one of my favourite tools for hand cut joinery. If you want to see more talk more about it, watch this video.

5 Tips to INSTANTLY Improve Your Dovetails

The vee groove technique I share in this lesson is one the many great tips that can be found in my video on 5 tips to INSTANTLY improve your dovetails. If you're looking for even more techniques to practically make this process foolproof, this is the video to watch.

How to Chisel Correctly

This is another one of those topics that people feel there isn't much to learn. However once you break down the process of chiselling into subjects such as viewing angles, power transfer and chisel geometry, you open up a whole new can of worms. This is well worth viewing.

Have you got the plans yet?

Package includes working drawings, a cutting list, and a 3d SketchUp model!

The Student Series

Want to see another beginner make this project before you? It's a great way to scope out any mistakes before you make one yourself!

Marking gauge lines too shallow for vee groove – 0:39

Positioning tails when transferring – 2:25

Which part Rob found the most difficult – 9:30

Robs suggestion to you – 11:15

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