When it comes to dovetail joints, there are a number of methods for cutting them, whether you do so by hand or with the use of power tools. However, for a dovetailed piece of furniture to work on a visual level, it needs to have tight-fitting joints. The best way to do this is by trimming the waste located between the dovetail pins.
When trimming the waste between the dovetail pins, you should strongly consider using a scroll saw so that you don’t end up cutting into the baseline, which could happen more easily if you were to use a chisel. Make sure that the inside of your pinboard is up when using a scroll saw or a band saw so that you don’t cut into the pin.
If you use the scroll saw, there will be a little tab left over that you’ll have to remove by hand. The easiest way to do this is with the use of a coping saw. To get rid of the waste left over, you’ll want to use trim router with a pattern bit.
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