Need some advise on dovetails

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Blog entry by Gary posted 11-16-2008 02:20 PM 841 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just got a dovetail jig today and am getting ready to set it up, that all seems to be very straight forward and does not look like a problem. My question is once i adjust the bit I assume that I should do these in one pass at full speed, just playing around in the past i have found that severl light passes work better for most things but see no way to do that here. I guess I just want to know for sure that I am heading the right direction here. Any help will be greatly appreciated, thank you Gary G.

-- Gary, Missouri

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#1 posted 11-16-2008 02:37 PM

I purchased a DT jig some time ago from King (K-2796)

Never had much luck with it at all.

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#2 posted 11-16-2008 02:38 PM

Oh . . . which one did you get Gary.

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#3 posted 11-16-2008 04:13 PM

I don’t have one, but I think alot of folks take out the bulk of the waste with a straight bit then go back with the dovetail bit.

-- Jimmy, Oklahoma "It's a dog-eat-dog world, and I'm wearing milkbone underwear!"

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#4 posted 11-16-2008 04:32 PM

i have one and i just got through on the small ones but if you have wide ones take passes from side to side.

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Thos. Angle

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#5 posted 11-16-2008 04:44 PM

I use a 12 inch PC. Just follow instructions and move the router at a slow rate. It will cut the entire joint at once but I always come back for a clean up pass in case I missed a little. You do have to make sure that you keep the router flat on the top of the jig. Do lots of practice pieces before you move on to drawers.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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dennis mitchell

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#6 posted 11-16-2008 05:34 PM

I start out with a short backward cut at the far end of my board, to prevent blowout, then make a full cut going forward.

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#7 posted 11-16-2008 08:50 PM

1) For cutting dovetail joint using dovetail jig;
One pass – yes,
full speed not necessary – for soft wood high speed (but not full speed), for hard wood low speed.
If your router has variable speed control, it is much easier. Read some materials on router to understand many types of cuts using diffrent type of bits.
2) For cutting sliding dovetail, do the way Jimmy is doing.

Good luck

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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