I posted a few days ago about cutting a stretch of eight dovetails on an 11 1/4" corner of a practice box. Today I got out to the shop to cut the dovetails for the second corner of the box and I wanted to focus on some details.
The first step was to mark out the baselines. Normally on a short run of DTs (with boards less then 4-5" wide) I would use a square and knife, referencing off a side of the board, but due to the 11 1/4" width of the board I used a marking gauge, referencing off the end grain edge. My boards are not flat or of consistent thickness, but I did square the ends and make parallel the two long grain edges. So I couldn't really use the pin board to mark out the baseline - I just approximated it. In normal practice with flat material of consistent thickness I would use the pin board to mark out the base line of the tail board and vise versa.
|Marking the baseline|
|Marked the two end pins 3/8" from the end|
|Left end with first mark 3/8" from end|
|Starting at left end (not on the 3/8" mark) ...|
|... and ending at right 3/8" mark (not at the end)|
|Point marks penciled in for visibility|
|Now marking from the right end|
|All points marked|
|All DTs marked on end grain|
|My dovetail marker - made in oak|
|Using the DT marker|
|All dovetails and waste areas marked|
|Marked the other side as well|