Dovetail angle
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What’s everyone’s preferred angle for hand cutting dovetails ?
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  Re: Dovetail angle by weedsnager (What’s everyone’s pr...)
(09-15-2021, 08:56 AM)weedsnager Wrote: What’s everyone’s preferred angle for hand cutting dovetails ?

The one that looks good. Sometimes I use a marking jig if I want them to be consistent angles. I don't get out and cut them every day so my eye isn't as well trained in that respect. But I do prefer the look of a shallow angle.
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  Re: RE: Dovetail angle by Rob Young ([quote='weedsnager' ...)
(09-15-2021, 09:04 AM)Rob Young Wrote: The one that looks good. 

The exact words I was going to type. Trust your eye.
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  Re: Dovetail angle by weedsnager (What’s everyone’s pr...)
(09-15-2021, 08:56 AM)weedsnager Wrote: What’s everyone’s preferred angle for hand cutting dovetails ?

It is not so much the ratio (I prefer 6:1 and 7:1). It is also the width of the tip of the tail (I am not sure what to call this). And the spacing of the tails. 

In my opinion, dovetails are a part of the whole design, and they need to fit in. If you are aiming at higher end work, they are not something that one does as an after thought.  In my experience, those that do not take the time to plan their dovetailing are producing more pedestrian work.

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  Re: Dovetail angle by weedsnager (What’s everyone’s pr...)
Typically, 1:6 or 9.5* for softwood, 1:8 or 7* for hardwood. Some deviations from either angle are perfectly fine. Regardless of the exact angles (unless they are too extreme or spacing poorly done or sizes overblown), all well cut dovetails by hand will look fantastic.

Simon
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Generally you want a steeper angle for softwoods.

The angle isn't critical, but something less than 1:8.

Delicate or decorative dt's look best with 1:9 or 1:10 and very narrow pins.
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  Re: Dovetail angle by weedsnager (What’s everyone’s pr...)
Quote:Generally you want a steeper angle for softwoods.

The angle isn't critical, but something less than 1:8.

Delicate or decorative dt's look best with 1:9 or 1:10 and very narrow pins.

A dovetail with an angle of 1:9 or 1:10 will end up  looking like a box joint. Very uninspiring.

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Derek
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