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If you’re interested in learning to cut dovetails by hand, boy do you have choices. Google hand-cut dovetail videos and the returns total more than 100,000 (no, I didn’t count them). Yesterday I watched Rob Cosman’s second DVD on dovetails, hence the name “Hand-cut Dovetails 2.0.” It’s been 10 years since his first dovetail video. While I haven’t watched that DVD, I’ll bet things have changed throughout the years. I can tell you that 2.0 is a good, informative dovetail DVD worth the investment.

Cosman begins with a demonstration of the dovetail process. He walks through the steps without much information just so you see the process as well as the end result. He then moves on to talk about the tools needed. I find this section of his DVD valuable because he justifies his choices and in doing so he shares insight gained from experience, such as how a wheel-type marking gauge is his choice because it’s easy to adjust with one hand as you work, how he tweaks his fret saw to make it work better and how to rework the blade on a marking knife for better results.

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