After workbenches and finishing, the questions we get asked most often are about hand-cut dovetails. So, we’ve put together a kit that includes the Woodjoy Precision Dovetail Template (the brass and black oxide one you’ve perhaps seen me use in the magazine and on the blog), an inexpensive but excellent marking knife from Lee Valley, Rob Cosman’s step-by step guide to dovetails, Ian Kirby’s book “The Complete Dovetail,” a Roy Underhill’s video on making half-blind dovetailed drawers and Glen Huey’s “Cheating at Hand-cut Dovetails” video. In other words, it’s everything you need to make hand-cut dovetails except the saw and the wood. You’ll find that kit, “The Dovetail Collection: A Knife, a Jig & Expert Instruction” in our store now, for $80 (but in a limited quantity, so I recommend ordering right away if you’re interested).
Really, the best things I learned about cutting dovetails (after learning to cut straight down on a line) is to do one corner joint every day for a month – somewhere in the neighborhood of three to four tails and matching pins.