Tools Needed for Dovetail Courses


Tool requirements for all Dovetail courses.
  • set of bevel edged chisels 1/8” to 3/4” (if possible)
  • bench plane, any one of the following; 3, 4, 4 1/2, 5, 5 1/2
  • #60 1/2 low angle adjustable mouth block plane is best but any block plane will work.
  • steel hammer, not deadblow
  • round wooden mallet, not composite head
  • 2 pair of dividers, the sharper the points the better, no bigger than 6” please.
  • Dovetail saw, sharp and ready to go, filed rip and the thinner the kerf the better.20-25 thou kerf is excellent Note; Western style saws only
  • Fret saw, the blade must be small enough to fit in the saw kerf left by the Dovetail saw
  • Dovetail marker, any degree/ratio you like the look of, 1 to 6, 1 to 7, 1 to 8, 14 degree etc...
  • Machinist squares 2” and 3” if you can find them.
  • glue
  • marking gauge, any one of the following 3 will work well; Tite Mark, Veritas, Cosman
  • Fine tipped Red pen
  • Swiss army knife with small blade. Dull is good sharp is very bad. I’m not kidding!
  • whatever eyewear you require to be able to see really small stuff. If you can’t see it you can’t cut it!