Cutting A Dovetail Pin Socket

Get Woodworking Week – Update Six

Well it’s the last day of Get Woodworking Week 2012, from what I can have seen this has been a pretty popular topic among woodworkers who post on the web.

As has been the tradition here I will start off this post with Tom Iovino (founder of Get Woodworking Week) of Tom’s Workbench. Today Tom asks the question where to now, what should we as woodworkers do to continue the cause. His hope is that this eek was enough to inspire woodworkers everywhere to get out and continue to introduce others to the craft.

Get Woodworking Week 2012Get Woodworking Week: Saturday

Well, here we are. The last day of Get Woodworking Week, and I have got to tell you, I have been thoroughly impressed by the outpouring of support from the online woodworking community. The blog posts I have linked to have been funny, thought provoking and inspirational. As I have told several of the posters… if it wasn’t for these awesome posts and active participation, Get Woodworking Week wouldn’t be worth a bucket of warm spit.

As this week draws to a close, we are left with one nagging question: Where to now?

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I for one hope that we can all continue to spread the word and look forward to Get Woodworking Week 2013!

Here are the Get Woodworking Week links that Tom had Posted as of this writing. His first article that he linked to was at The Joiner’s Apprentice by Rob Campbell. Rob does a great job describing how to hand cut dovetails for a box using his words, pictures and a video.

Cutting A Dovetail Pin Socket
Cutting A pin socket with a coping saw.

[basics] Simple Dovetailed Box

Use dividers to mark the shoulder of the half-pins on either side of the board.  Use the same setting for both sides.  Note that this whole process shown here is cutting away the pins to leave the tails.  This is called “Tails First” and is just one way to do this.  “Pins First” has its own pros and cons, but will not be covered here.  The size of these half-pins is up to you, but its suggested they be about (or at least) half as wide as your stock is thick.  I have just been using this one setting, about 1/2″, on all my dovetails, conveniently having this tiny pair of dividers set to that size and leaving it there.

To read the post at The Joiner’s Apprentice click here.

As was the case with the earlier post this week, Rob has made a highly detailed article showing the steps needed to hand cut dovetails for a box, great job!

The next Get Woodworking Week article is from Steve Ramsey of Woodworking for Mere Mortals, His post is primarily a video post which shows how he made a cabinet to store his cutoffs. He does a great job describing and showing the steps involved.

Building a Shop CabinetShop cabinet

Here’s a simple shop cabinet I built to store small cut-offs. Those pieces of wood that I save for all sorts of reasons. I used 3/4″ plywood for most of the cabinet. Easily adaptable for any storage use.

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In addition to the shop cabinet video Steve posted another video discussing the new table saw that was donated to him and how it all happened.

The next Get Woodworking Post is by Scott Morgan from, he talks about how kids love woodworking and posted a great video showing the kids at work.

Get Woodworking: Teach the Kids

Kids love woodworking.  As Wilber Pan recently wrote all you need is to hand  a kid a tool, a piece of wood and watch them have a blast.  I recently carved out a space in my shop for the kids, hung their tools on the wall and made some workbenches.

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The next site Tom linked to is The Garage Woodshop run by Ross Henton. I covered this article in my update yesterday, click here to read that post.

Up next is a post from Wilbur Pan at Giant Cypress. Wilbur discusses how the members of his club, Central Jersey Woodworker’s Association, go about making projects in group builds.

Here’s one last item for Get Woodworking Week.

…This Arts and Crafts table with a turquoise inlay in the top was made by one of our members. This table was the first woodworking project she had ever made. And she made this table out of pallet wood, no less.

This will be ironic considering that Get Woodworking Week is an internet-based initiative, but one of the most effective ways of getting started in woodworking is to find a local woodworking club and meet real live woodworkers in person…

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Their group build process is interesting and from the looks of the table, the methods work.

The last Get Woodworking Week article on Tom’s list is from WV Woodshed. This article discusses a project he is about to begin to build from materials he purchased over the internet. This project is for an end table that has a floating top. He also discussing working with his son in the shop and the interest that was piqued.

Get Woodworking Week 2012

In other Getting Woodworking related news; I have finally begun to peak the interest of my 11year old son, John. Over the last week he and I have spent about 4 hours in the shop together. He seems particularly interested in sawing stock and I have been explaining and demonstrating how to use the wheel marking gauge, the square and other marking instruments to layout his cuts. We still haven’t jumped into a project together, but I think he wants to be involved in the end table build, so with that let’s Get Woodworking.

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So as Get Woodworking Week 2012 is coming to a close I would like to say that I have enjoyed reading and writing about all the articles. Great job to Tom and everyone else who participated,  I for one  am looking forward to Get Woodworking Week 2013!



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