Sin City Woodworkers, a Vegas valley social and networking group committed to serious (and not so serious!) woodworking discussions, meet on the third Wednesday of each month to share everything from techniques and project ideas to information about local suppliers and much more. Our next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, April 16 at 7:00, and John Eugster will be sharing his expertise on dovetail joinery.
Think of the logo for Fine Woodworking Magazine, the editors of the magazine have incorporated dovetails in their logo ever since they've been in publication. Whether dovetails are as valuable today as they were in the past is for each of you to decide. Right or wrong, they've become the hallmark of quality work. Of the two primary ways they are cut, the ones used in typical drawer construction are the trickiest. They take advantage of the mechanical advantages of the joint without being visible on the front of the drawer. These are referred to as "half-blind dovetails" and are what John will be demonstrating. He will hand-cut them and share his tricks and techniques for cutting this joint during the demonstration.
Don’t forget - if you’re working on something interesting - please bring it to the meeting for a quick “show and tell.” If we’re lucky, John will be bringing the cabinet he built that incorporates these half blind dovetails. It’s a beast of a piece, but it will give everyone an excellent idea of what goes into building a masterpiece.
This is the last meeting that will be collecting our annual Sin City Woodworkers dues. Remember – all money collected goes for good causes, and anything we have left over at the end of the year is given back to our members, at our annual Christmas party drawing. You can only be entered in this drawing two ways - by presenting something at a monthly meeting, or by being a dues paying member. So please consider donating $20 to this worthy cause.
This meeting will be held at Studio: Wood It Is!, 2267 West Gowan, unit 106 in North Las Vegas. As always, the public is welcome to attend the meeting, so members - please feel free to bring a guest along. But remember that there are a limited number of chairs in the woodshop. Attendees might want to bring a folding chair if they wish to sit during the meeting.
If you have questions or need directions, call the studio at 631-1870.