It has to be because I am left handed that I have so much trouble getting the hang of things like this.
Off on another tangent this week. Had a friend that wants me to help him learn how to layout and cut half dovetail joints so he can make some planter boxes. So I made some practice cuts using 2x4's to get the hang of it because these can be pretty tricky.
I said sure but even though I had some experience from the recycle cabin last winter and warned him it would still be like the blind leading the blind. Another cabin builder, Jon Anderson has a blog Peeling Logs and that is where I learned what I know about laying out these joints.
Bob has a sawmill and cut some 4 x 6's that he wants to use. He wants the finished pieces to fit together with no gap and I will suggest a 1" overhang on the ends. He might want them flush. Either way they look cool.
Look on the bright side. If you burn wood to heat your house and and mess up at least you'll have plenty of wood to heat your house with!