Let me start by saying I don't know if this is a journal or a showcase so if I selected the wrong one please just put it where it goes.
This afternoon I had a wild hair spring up and I decided to make my first attempts at some dovetails. I took pictures along the way. Let me know if you see anything crazy.
Started with a scrap piece of cedar.
Turned it into a rectangle and ran it through the planer a few times to take the cup out.
Cut it in half and made my layouts the marks are 11/16" apart starting on the far side as your looking at it.
Needed a straight edge for the 7* angle so I set the scroll saw to 7* and cut off a scrap of aspen.
Used my marking knives to start the cuts and then pared away all sides of the tails and used this same method of chopping straight down and slicing away the waste.
I wasn't really sure which lines I was going to need for the tails so I just traced/drew them all on and shaded in the waste.
I purposely made the dovetails long so that I could use my block plane to flush everything at the end.
And final product.
I spent 4 hours making these dovetails. The only thing I used power tool wise was my scroll saw for the 7* jig. I'm sure I left out something so please ask if you have a question on how or why I did something.
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I would contend that a table saw isn't necessary. I've managed to use a circ saw with a finish blade and a nice long straightedge for just about everything. I'm sure there's a point when the table saw would be a better option, but if your budget is prohibitive, the combination I use is cheap and surprisingly functional.