Realizing that my pants were in fact where they should be, I turned my attention back to the ugly atrocity at hand. I had managed to not only mark, but to happily cut (probably with a stupid grin on my face) several dovetails totally backward, you might want to hide your children's eyes from the horrific images below. I was re-marking these when I decided I'd better own up to what I had done.
|Hey, not everyone can be a rocket scientist...right?|
I had originally cut the dovetails with my LN carcass saw which, as always, worked beautifully. The plate and set on this saw was much too wide to correct my blunder though. In stepped my Zona Razor Saw to the rescue. It has a super thin plate and 24tpi so I could start re-cutting the dovetails exactly on the corner of the tail. I marked each line with a marking knife to start shearing the fibers right off, this also gives the saw a little bit of a guide line. For an 11 dollar gentleman's saw, this little guy always works perfectly!
|Saw Plate For Zona Razor Saw|
I also used a little Veritas aluminum dovetail marking gauge for this project that was worth the 8 bucks I paid for it four or five years ago. It came in a set of 2, one marked for 1:8 (hardwood) and the other 1:6 (softwood). They are accurate, lightweight and they are reversible so they work on both sides of the board. They have some new ones available today that are also very nice, and there are a couple more manufacturers in the game now.
|1:6 Marking Gauge|