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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


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  • pmac

    999 Thank you’s. I’ll make it an even thousand for a pdf file I can save.


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