Now to cut out the pins. This is the make/break point. The tails, which I cut yesterday, need to be straight and square, but if you’re off a bit this way or that way, no big deal, because you cut the pins based on the tails. If you’re off on the pin cuts, you wind up with big ugly gaps.
Then chop out the waste with a chisel. Alternately chopping and paring down to the cut. Some people use a coping saw to get out a bunch of it first. I just use the chisel.
Eventually, you have a breakthrough, literally. This is a good thing.
Pins chopped out, now need to clean up the edges. Last photo here still needs some sneaking up to the lines.
After a few tests and finessing, we have a dovetail!
This is pretty damn good for me. Definitely the closest to perfect that I’ve yet achieved. Some parts are sticking up beyond the surface, which is actually what you usually want. They’ll all get planed down smooth later after glue up. In the meantime, I have 3 more of these to do.
Look! Part 3 over here!