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Woodworking Skills & Stuff: #5: How to cut a tapered sliding dovetail with a router- the EASY way!

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Blog entry by StumpyNubs posted 01-12-2017 04:07 PM 2170 reads 4 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Sliding dovetails are super strong, and they look better than dados. But a lot of woodworkers are intimidated by them. Not anymore! This method is easy, and the tapered form slides together MUCH better than a standard one!

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#1 posted 01-12-2017 05:02 PM

Uhhh? Stumpster, where’s the vid?
Bill

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#2 posted 01-12-2017 05:05 PM

It’s there on my screen. LumberJocks must be having issues again… Here's a link to it on YouTube.

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#3 posted 01-12-2017 06:53 PM

Good video Stumpy! Using the shim is a great idea. If I may, here is a way to avoid having to eyeball the shim on the socket half (hope this makes sense):

1. Make the dado and first dovetail pass as described.
2. Before releasing the fence clamp, place a reference block against the fence on the end where the shim will be placed.
3. Clamp the reference block to the table – make sure it is snug against the fence.
4. Release the fence clamp as shown.
5. Place the shim between the fence and the reference block.
6. Position the fence forcing the shim snug to the reference block.
7. Clamp the fence in place.
8. Remove the reference block.

This should ensure a more accurate match of the taper angle between the socket and dovetails halves. The fit still needs to be adjusted as in the video.

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#4 posted 01-12-2017 06:54 PM

That’s a good idea. Thanks!

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#5 posted 01-12-2017 07:03 PM

Happy to help!

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#6 posted 01-12-2017 11:32 PM

Great informative video—thanks!

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#7 posted 01-19-2017 01:43 AM

Great video and information.

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#8 posted 01-29-2017 01:28 PM

You’re a man with much knowledge Stumps. Carry on.

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