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Project by Mike R. posted 09-17-2011 07:59 AM 3944 views 4 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

i was asked to make a shadow box for a friend and after thinking about the design she wanted i thought to myself why not use a sliding dovetail to assemble the frame of it? i will post pictures later on of the shadow box, i have some stuff in front of it to get done like this sliding dovetail jig. used is some 1/2 inch ply some hardwood scraps for the fence . and some brazillian redwood for the runners again it worked so will with the table saw sled. all on top of the ShopSmith greenie using a router adapter now i can make up to id say 10 inches worth of a sliding dovetail! let me know what you guys think , heck i think it’s the bees knees !





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Wolffarmer

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#1 posted 09-17-2011 01:55 PM

Interesting, I would like more info about this, how to use and such

Randy

-- That was not wormy wood when I started working on it.

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StumpyNubs

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#2 posted 09-17-2011 03:12 PM

That’s a GREAT idea! I don’t have a Shopsmith, but it would work with a lathe, I suppose!

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jeepturner

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#3 posted 09-17-2011 04:43 PM

I don’t know what to think. I suppose if it works for you then it’s all good.
The thing is, it looks as if you are setting it up for a climb cut. A climb cut eliminates tear out, but couldn’t it also lead to a the work getting pinched and pulled into the bit? It is tough to tell from the picture, but it looks like the wood is hand fed into the bit.
It’s your shop, and I have never worked with a SS before, I am not an expert, or anything, so if my concerns are baseless please ignore them. When I see something that looks painful to me, I have to say something, even when I could very well be wrong.

-- Mel,

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#4 posted 09-18-2011 01:50 AM

I’m not sure how your technique is done ( I don’t have shopsmith), but would be interested in seeing more about it.

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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StumpyNubs

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#5 posted 09-18-2011 01:50 AM

Good point, Jeep- I think I’ll feed it through the back side if I decide to do it on my lathe…

-- It's the best woodworking show since the invention of wood... New episodes at: http://www.stumpynubs.com

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Mike R.

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#6 posted 09-18-2011 04:18 AM

After some use I think I’m going to switch the fence up to go from the back side , and get some t tracks and hold dxowns so I don’t have clamps in my way

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Wolffarmer

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#7 posted 09-18-2011 04:37 AM

Mike, I also have a SS and am greatly interested in this project. Are you using some plans or some other person’s ideas?

Also, has your SS been converted to a 2 bearing quil?

Randy

-- That was not wormy wood when I started working on it.

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Mike R.

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#8 posted 09-18-2011 06:31 AM

Well its much like any other sled used on a shopsmith. With a router collet accessory I found on ebay pretty cheap but one note set it up to go from thed back ide dued to the way the motor spins

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Mike R.

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#9 posted 10-23-2011 09:56 PM

sliding dovetails practical use….. and it’s partner in crime

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