The First Step Begins With The Pins

Most of the preliminary work for laying out a dovetail joint has been covered in the article on the previous two pages. Once all of these details have been worked out on paper, it's now just a matter of transferring these measurements to the end of the board, and start cutting the pins.

Before you start marking, however, the first three steps remain the same. That is, 1) true the boards your working with, 2) cut them to length (making sure the ends are square to the edges), and 3), mark the base lines. For the pins, the base lines need only be marked on the two faces of the board, see Fig. 1.

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