Easy Laser-cut Dovetail Joints

People may be interested in my method for creating laser-cut dovetail joints.  The idea is to get the laser to do most of the work and also to exploit the material's grain. The method adds a couple of extra features to the "pin" part of the joint: a cut notch and an etched guide.  Prior to assembly a small amount of work is required to remove the out-of-plane parts.  The pin pieces are clamped, a chisel is carefully positioned and, with a few light taps, a triangular piece is sheared off along the grain.  "Dovebox" is my test of the technique (P1 5.5mm bamboo). 

See the flickr set for photos detailing the process: https://flic.kr/s/aHskjm4BFz

The Dovebox design can be found at my Showroom: http://www.ponoko.com/showroom/Funnypolynomial



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