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It isn’t his first design, however. In an earlier posted video, Houweling successfully joins the impossible dovetail by making perpendicular cuts and softening the parts in water so they can be coerced into place without breaking.
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In the following video, piano technician and woodworker Jack Houweling demonstrates a common process in creating the impossible dovetail. By building a jig for the project, Houweling was able to make a series of diagonal cuts, allowing the pieces to slide together at an angle.