Mastering Hand Cut Dovetails

Presented by Simeon Dux

Most people, I’m sure would feel that hand cut dovetails are a daunting prospect and way beyond their skill level. Yet hand cut dovetails still represent around the world a standard of excellence that is easy to recognize by everyone. Mortice and tenons and dovetails have always been the most common form of joinery for every piece of furniture.

In this class you will learn how to cut three groups of dovetails with accuracy and confidence. The ‘through dovetail’ is usually used to join traditional carcasses & boxes and often seen at the back of a drawer. The ‘half blind dovetail’ is also usually seen in box making & traditional carcasses and is often seen at the front of a drawer. Lastly, the ‘through dovetail’ with a mitred front edge is also often seen in slightly fancier boxes and cabinets.

You will be taught an easy to follow process that with practice, guarantees perfect dovetails every time. We will discuss the most appropriate uses of these types of dovetails in many types of furniture. Time permitting, we will also endeavour to produce a small dovetailed box from an appropriate timber such as American Poplar.

We guarantee that you will come away from the class with all the skills required to master the hand cut dovetail!

Simeon Dux

$590_(Inclusive of GST)_
All materials included

Sat 31st August & Sun 1st September 2019
9:00am to 5:00pm

2 days

Melbourne Guild of Fine Woodworking.
14 Cottage St, Blackburn.

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About the Instructor
Simeon Dux has been surrounded by woodwork for his entire life. Simeon was awarded his Carpentry Apprenticeship at the age of 21 and has worked with his father, who is a reputable builder ever since.
After building his own house, Simeon begun building solid timber furniture to compliment it. Not long after, he started as a student at MGFW under the guidance of Alastair Boell and occasionally Jon Grant where he continues to be an excellent student.
With a strong passion for hand work and a focus on detail, Simeon is heavily influenced by Danish, Shaker and American furniture.
His flair for simple elegant design and constant strive for perfection has earned him commissions for international advertising agencies, a number of high profile artists as well as numerous private commissions. He is currently working towards his first solo exhibition.