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Cheating at Hand-cut Dovetails

By Glen D. Huey

Format: DVD

SKU# W3449

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Powered-up Techniques for Accurate & Quicker Hand-cut Dovetails
  • Learn secrets to better hand-cut dovetails using only hand tools
  • Achieve a hand-cut look using power tools to speed your work
  • Dovetail large panels using only a jigsaw
  • Discover how to work with warped & bowed panels

Hand-cut dovetails are a benchmark of woodworking skill – and with the help of Glen D. Huey (and a little practice), your dovetails will instantly identify you as an accomplished artisan. You'll learn hand-cut dovetail basics as Glen shares the secrets he's learned from years of professional experience to quickly produce tight-fitting fine dovetails. Then, he shows you how to use power tools and shop-made jigs (plans included, of course!) to work even faster – all without sacrificing the hand-cut dovetail appearance.

BONUS: Includes plans for a dovetailed keepsake box!

Glen D. Huey is senior editor of Popular Woodworking Magazine. He's been a professional furniture maker for more than 16 years and has been working with Popular Woodworking for 15 of them. Glen's projects have been featured in magazines, books and newspapers.

Running time: 63 minutes



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SKU W3449
Author/Speaker/Editor Glen D. Huey
File/Trim Size 7.5 x 5.25
Format DVD
ISBN 13 9781440316777
$24.99

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Subpar effort by PWW Review by Adam
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I was looking forward to this DVD as I wanted to learn how to create "pins first" dovetail joints. While I think that Glen is both a great teacher and outstanding woodworker, and the overall contents are worthwhile , the production values of the DVD are unacceptably poor. This DVD was recorded during a class where Glen addresses the audience and the class was taped using two cameras. There are vertigo inducing scenes where the handheld camera records close up shots of the workpiece with significant camera shake. The camera angles are suboptimal because the camera would have blocked the view of the audience members had it been positioned to demonstrate the workpiece optimally. This is a poor effort by popular woodworking and seems like an afterthought. Interestingly, at the same time I bought this DVD , I also bought two DVDs from Robert Millard who is a highly skilled professional craftsman who's workshop happens to be a tiny garage and his excellent DVDs are recorded with a single stationary camera without the help of a dedicated cameraman yet his DVDs are absolutely clear and comprehensive.

Bottom line: I'm disappointed with this DVD and until PWW releases a purpose made properly produced DVD with the same content, I would hesitate to recommend this DVD. If you want to learn about hand cut dovetail joinery , consider DVDs by Rob Cosman or Chuck Bender. For power tool dovetail joinery, check out the dovetail DVD by Stephen Hammer from Fine Woodworking .

(Posted on 8/19/13)

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