How To Make Inlay Dovetails | DIY Project
Wood crafting is a god gifted talent which is mastered through continuous practice and hard work. The creations of a craftsman represent beauty and creativity of its work. The strength and reliability of the products along with its beauty are also a priority.
Dovetail joints are famous for their resistance from being pulled apart. Dovetail are usually used for joining the side of drawers to the front. These are also used to construct cabinets, furniture, log buildings and timber framing.
These dovetails do not require any kind of mechanical fasteners and that makes them more attractive as they along with their durability and strength they have beautiful look.
This tutorial leads you to learn a simple and easy method for making these beautiful looking inlay dovetails. The tutorial is designed for professional wood crafters who are an amateur in their field or it can be a DIY project for people who have to know-how of working with wood crafting machines and have experience of working with wood. You must have a separate working space where you can work making these dovetails and instruments for this.
Follow this tutorial step by step to learn to create this inlay dovetails patterns without using any jigs or expensive tools.
So once you have assembled all your tools and set space for your work so let’s get started.
Firstly you have to take a piece of wood which is 3/8" thick and then mark a 5/8" line on the face of it. Now draw the tails on it. The width of the tail is 5/8" and the distance between the tails is 7/8"
Now cut the tail shape and remove the waste portion. You can either do it by the hand or by band saw but with hand, it would take more time so for speedy process, use band saw. Band saw is used when making accurate curved cuts in wood stock.
Once you have cut this place it aside and then take contrasting wood. I have taken basswood as contrasting wood. Now measure and mark a ¾" line on this. This would be 1/8" longer than your tails
Now use a scrap piece of wood and place it alongside of your basswood like joining them together now place your tails on that piece of scrap wood, make sure your wood pieces are joined together and there is no space in between the tailpiece and your contrasting board and then trace the tails on the contrasting wood.
Now cut them out with a bandsaw or by hand. If you want to do it with your hand then this is how you must do it.
Firstly make a relief cut with your knife.
Then chisel it down and remove the waste about half way down.
Now flip the board and repeat the procedure on the other side too.
Now apply glue to both pieces of your wood and fit them together. While fitting them together make sure that the fit is a snug fit and there is no gap left in between the pieces
Hammer it a bit so that it fits tightly and remove any glue which has come out of sides so it looks neat.
Now let this dry completely. Once it is dried now cut the contrasting board along the marked line on the board.
Now on every side of the tail measure 1/8" .connect you lines and remove the waste.
Here again, you have a choice of removing it by hand or band saw. I have cut it with a band saw now for removing waste you can chisel it out but as basswood is really soft so chiseling out the waste would not be a preferable choice as it may cause damage to the contrasting wood piece .so instead I am using a coping saw with a spiral cut blade and after that with a razor sharp chisel clean up the insides.
Now the board with the tails is ready now we must focus on the board that will have the pins on it.
Now mark ¾" on the face grain and 5/8" on the end grain. Here I am creating a 1/8" deeper rabbet. The rabbet will help to conceal the inlay on the inside of the final piece.
A rabbet is simply a rectangular recess along the edge or end of a workpiece. A rabbet is also known as a rebate in Britain and it is a recess or groove cut into the edge of a piece of machineable material, usually wood. If it is viewed in cross-section, a rabbet is two-sided and is open to the edge or to the end of the surface into which it is cut.
Create a trench with your knife along the line on face grain then level it out completely to create a rabbet with is levelled completely.
Now while tracing for the tails on it make sure the rabbet is facing away from you now after that carefully place the tails on it and trace it
Now shade in the waste area that’s going to be removed. Now cut the waste area you can do it by jig or band saw but I am doing it with hand.
After that chisel out the waste with all the waste chiseled out now add the glue and place the pieces together like this
Now apply boiled linseed oil and turpentine to bring out the natural beauty and give a finished look. Stain can also be applied.
This video is uploaded by Chad Stanton who is a self-employed licensed contractor, professional furniture maker and the member of the Professional Remodeling Organization and Society of American Period Furniture Makers. He is also Spokesperson for the Titebond and is the contributing editor for American Woodworking Magazine.
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As mentioned above this tutorial is for people who have idea about wood crafting and can use the instruments efficiently.
Do not try to make this if you have no experience in working with wood working instruments and injure yourself with sharp lades or instruments.
· If you have no previous woodworking experience, start with smaller projects like drilling in woods, attaching two wood pieces together, etc.
· Learn as much as you can about the woodworking craft before you start this project.
· Use only good quality tools and materials.
· Be very much careful when using the wood cutter, drilling machine, and other such tools.
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