Frank Klausz and Roy Underhill show how each cuts dovetails; each starts with a different part of the joint. This has been a perennial issue with these two amazing craftsmen. Klausz always starts pins first (with one exception, the hidden mitered dovetail), while Underhill always starts tails first.
I have watched both in every Woodworking in America conference – and every time I am amazed not only at their skill at making this joint, but also their teaching ability. They are ageless.
- Which do you cut first, pins, or tails?
- What type of saw do you use?
- Do you have to do a lot of paring to get good fit?
- Or are you good enough that the joint fits right off the saw?
— Al Navas