Make Monster Dovetails


I have, inexplicably, received several questions over the weekend about cutting really big dovetails for workbenches, such as on a tail vise. That’s weird, given that most bench questions I get are about what kind of wood to use (whatcha got? use it), and how the LVL top is holding up (quite splendidly, but I’d not use LVL for a base again). Not to mention, we’ve not published a bench with a shop-made tail vise during my time on staff.

But no matter – I have just the thing. I’ve loaded Jameel Abraham’s “How to Make ‘Condor Tails'” article from the August 2011 issue onto the site, free. So grab your router, make sure your band saw is tuned and sharpen your chisels. Then click here to read the article.

— Megan Fitzpatrick


3 thoughts on “Make Monster Dovetails

    1. Megan FitzpatrickMegan Fitzpatrick Post author

      Because you asked so nicely, I’ve added a PDF of the original print layout at the tail end of the article (not my blog post).

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