Sloppy dovetails

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Blog entry by Marvin posted 02-18-2008 03:28 AM 783 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I want to thank all who responded to my inquiry about how to make tighter dovetail fittings. I got a lot of answers, but none that I expected. I am using a Rockler dovetail jig with the half blind template. The directions say to extend the bit to make it less sloppy, but that doesnl’t seem to be working. I am using 3/4 inch stock. Still perplexed.

-- Marvin, Vermont, school teacher

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#1 posted 02-18-2008 04:06 AM

The Rockler jig looks a lot like my PC4212. That being the case, if there is a gap in your joints, the bit is cutting too deep, so you need to reduce the depth of cut.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 03-24-2008 02:21 AM

Marvin – The perfect question. I have the Rocker half blind dovetail jig myself. I had the very same problem on a project a few years back. I never got it solved and the drawers had a bit sloppy dovetails. The instructions say to extend the bit and I didn’t find that to make them better.

I’m soon going to be ready for drawers again and would love to find a great way to do dovetails. If you did find the trick with the rockler, please share. I’m wondering if the PC jig would be better. I hate to buy another jig.

Good luck and hope we find a solution for the rockler jig.

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