Morgan's Jewelry Box #1: Porter Cable Dovetail Jig Joinery

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Blog entry by USCJeff posted 05-21-2007 06:21 AM 1363 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Continuing the Lesson’s Learned Theme:

I used mitered joints for my Mom’s jewelry box that I completed last weekend. Moving on to my wife’s box, I decided to up the level of the craftsmanship and use half-blind dovetails to join the box sides. I went to my PC Dovetail jig to do this. I have very limited time logged with this jig, so I had to refer to the manual for setup as it has been a while. Here are a couple things that I would have liked to have known prior to the process:

~I got lucky in that I trimmed the thickness of the board to 1/2”. This is the minimum width the the jig can cut half-blinds.

~Placing a piece of scrap stock that is same width as the piece next to to the piece will eliminate chip out on the final pin/tail cut.

~Labeling all 4 sides helps keep the cuts organized.

~The side facing the jig is the outside of the assembled joint.

~It’s much easier to err to the side of a too tight joint and lightly sand it, then it is to have a joint that is too loose and try to fill it with wood filler.

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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#1 posted 05-21-2007 08:25 AM

All good lessons. I havn’t spent much time with half blinds so I bet they can be finicky with bit depth for fine tuning fit. Let’s see some pictures!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#2 posted 05-21-2007 01:01 PM

sounds like it was a rewarding process!!! (Especially when you found that you had cut the wood a correct thickness!)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#3 posted 05-21-2007 08:01 PM

I have the same jig – these are great lessons learned. Thanks!


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