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I read somewhere that dovetails with a few smaller pins shows off a woodworkers abilities. But it seems like this would make a much weaker joint than lots of evenly spaced dovetails. Back before they had power tools I can see why less dovetails would be practical.

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IMHO, usually when you see them like that, the wood used is high quality and on the harder side, not soft & weak, and have a tendancy to be good & strong at the same time of 'showing off'.

I like dovetails... With a little practice, they're fun to cut by hand also... More sense of accomplishemnt too.

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None of my hand-cut dovetails ever measured up to what I thought was "true craftsmanship." I tried and tried; practiced a bunch. I finally quit trying and just use the routers and dovetail jigs. Saves me a lot of frustration, grumbling and self-admonition. Ha !

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Last night, for fun, I tried cutting a 1/4" mortise in poplar with a chisel. My hand cramped up and I hadn't even gotten 1/4" deep. I think I'm also a power-tool guy.
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None of my hand-cut dovetails ever measured up to what I thought was "true craftsmanship." I tried and tried; practiced a bunch. I finally quit trying and just use the routers and dovetail jigs. Saves me a lot of frustration, grumbling and self-admonition. Ha !

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One of these days, I'm going to try using this Band saw jig for dovetails... doesn't look too bad.

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Thanks for the advise to you all. I went out and bought an EZ Dovetail jig that I use on my Kreg router table works great!
I tried the hand cut ones and boy was I frustrated so I said enough. I am glad that I had the experience and hats off to those of you that make dovetails by hand!
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I cut most of mine on the scroll saw and then finish by hand

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Many people are under the illusion that you have to make dovetails to be a competent woodworker. Dovetail joints have greater holding power than most types of joints, and this was a real problem solver with the older glues. The glues available today are actually stronger than the wood so the need no longer applies. What I am trying to say is if you are just starting out in woodworking don't rush out and buy a dovetail jig. Many people try a few joints and get discouraged because their joints don't turn out right. I suggest using other, easier joints until your skills develop. Box joint jigs work well and provide nice decorative joints that are strong. Once you have mastered them is the time to consider making dovetails. There is nothing that boosts your confidence like a nice clean project.

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Well said Mike, I have made more projects with a clean cut 45 degree cut and they are still holding today

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