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Handcut dovetails
Poll ended at Wed Jul 05, 2006 1:01 am
Do you lay them out flush 28%  28%  [ 5 ]
Or do you lay them out slightly proud 72%  72%  [ 13 ]
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 29, 2006 10:15 pm 
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Do you lay them out flush, or slightly proud?


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I do not cut them by hand but I leave them slightly proud.

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Believe it or not, this is one of those *debatable* questions like pins/tails first. Many valid reasons for either side really.

I have a Veritas wheel marking gauge that allows me to measure *right* there. Though I typically try to be a paper thickness proud to allow for handplaning to flush when finished.

It's more of a guideline than a rule. :D

You'll show them off when they're complete wont you? :nudge: :nudge: :wink: :wink:

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I do leave them slightly proud, I shoot for 1/64". I'm not sure of the reason for that to tell the truth. I would guess that the reason might be that if you shoot for flush and miss a bit (a little short) then you would have to sand down flush and slightly change the dimensions of the piece.


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 29, 2006 10:44 pm 
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Flush!
Why make them proud?
Then you have to sand them down.
Plus,to many variables when it comes to final dimensions :)
Keep everything "centered" :-D


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Following Ian Kirby's book, I lay them out about 1/32-inch recessed.

That way, your clean-up results in pins and tails flush with no end-grain planing necessary. You also get rid of your layout lines this way.


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I always cut my box and dovetail joints proud - the 1/32nd sands off very quickly and they are perfect...

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I cut mine proud then sand down flush.


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I'm with Ian Kirby. Although I guess I layed out my first set flush and they ended up slightly proud. Ah well... just practice.


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I cut mine proud about 1/32th and plane or scrape them flush. no sweat :-D

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