Bandsaw Dovetail Extravaganza with Michael Fortune August 15-16, 2020


$350 tuition + $50 materials

Key Points:
*How to set up your bandsaw and fence
*How to mark out dovetails for a perfect fit
*Cut single joints, stacked dovetails, mitered dovetails
*Blade choice
*How to fine tune the blade
*Construction of bandsaw jigs
*Clamping strategies

Workshop Available

Pay a deposit of $150.00 per item
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Dovetails are a hallmark of fine furniture making. There are lots of ways to cut dovetails, with a handsaw, a router, even the table saw and no end of store bought templates. Having tried many of them Michael settled on cutting his dovetails many years ago using the bandsaw. The table can be accurately set to any desired dovetail angle, the blade made to run perfectly true and the length set with a stop. This way it avoids the time and skill needed to guide a handsaw and certainly avoids making mistakes at 24,000 rpm with a router. Bandsawn dovetails can be done one joint at a time or stacked so four, five, or even six pairs of drawers can be cut all at once. In this class Michael will demonstrate how to make the simple guide jig that, once made, can be pulled off the wall and put into use cutting perfect dovetails of any number and pattern. Students will leave the class with a new skill and a new respect for the most versatile tool in any workshop – the bandsaw.