First, a warning to those who follow this video blog to see sawdust flying and wood magically shaping before your eyes (go along with me here). We got the power tools cranked up in the last episode, but before I ventured further, I decided another discussion of design was in order. After I posted the 3D model in episode one, I got what seemed like a fairly innocuous question from Mark Rhodes asking why I had designed the dovetailed case with the tails on top and the pins on the side. My initial reaction was - "that's just how I've always done it, so there must be a good reason". Fast forward another 20 minutes, and I was locked in full brain-spasm. If you think the debate over cutting tails or pins first can spin your head, this is as much if not more of a conundrum. So before you post "I thought we were past the design phase, when do we get to see speed dovetail cutting?" bear with me one more episode. Don't worry, you'll get to see plenty of hand cut dovetails in the coming episodes (over 115 by my last count). As always, I'm all ears when it comes to your comments - especially if you have an opinion on "tales top".
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