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with Kyle Kwiatkowski
Online Class

Three Essential Dovetails

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Advance your craft and learn how to make dovetail joints that are both functional and beautiful dovetail joints. Join expert woodworker and instructor Kyle Kwiatkowski as he guides you through wood selection and material preparation for through, half-blind and canted joints. Get helpful strategies for cutting these dovetails, approaching shoulder lines and cleaning out waste. Learn a variety of chisel techniques for pristine waste removal and confidently cut your pins using the tails as your template. Successfully define shoulder lines and true up your pins on all three joints. Then, use graphite or learn to spot signs of burnishing to find areas where you need to shave the wood to achieve a perfect fit. Plus, get troubleshooting tips and helpful tricks for achieving a snug join for strong, handsome dovetails you'll proudly showcase in your workshop or home.


  • intermediate
  • 7 episodes
  • 3h9m

Included in this Class

1. Introduction & Dovetail Planning

1. Introduction & Dovetail Planning

Meet your instructor, woodworking expert Kyle Kwiatkowski, and learn more about the three kinds of dovetails you'll be making in class: through, half-blind and canted. Kyle discusses wood choices and how to mill your boards -- by machine or by hand -- to prepare them for dovetailing. Then get started with marking your boards for each kind of dovetail.

2. Cutting & Saw Control: Tails

2. Cutting & Saw Control: Tails

Kyle goes over the types of saws commonly used for dovetails and demonstrates their use, first with practice cuts, then with cutting the dovetails themselves. Learn how to cut at an angle to the shoulder line accurately and how to make side cuts. Kyle also discusses strategies for cutting half-blind and canted dovetails.

3. Waste Removal: Tails

3. Waste Removal: Tails

With your saw cuts made, it's time to remove the waste wood in between the dovetails. You can use a coping saw or mortising chisel, then clean up your lines with bench and dovetail chisels. Kyle shows you how, sharing safety and troubleshooting tips along the way.