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Construction - Dovetail 1
Dovetail 1

The tapered dovetail is an elegant joint.  Several patterns are used to layout the saw cuts on the neck and the body.

A clever engineer might conceive some kind of machining set-up that could accurately cut the different lines, curves, and angles on both the neck and body to create the perfect joint. But unfortunately that person isn’t me!

Though I have a jig to help make these preliminary cuts on the band saw, I’m much more comfortable doing so by hand, using a hacksaw and coping saw. The additional time is minimal, and the results are comparable or better, with much less risk of miss-cutting.

 

DT 2

 

Other work on the neck, trussrod, and headstock are completed before coming back to the dovetail.

DT 3