Dovetail Jig and solid wood drawer bottoms

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Forum topic by jcecil posted 10-09-2009 10:06 PM 2254 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-09-2009 10:06 PM

Topic tags/keywords: drawer dovetail jig solid wood bottoms

I have a Porter Cable 4212 dovetail jig and have used it quite a bit for making drawers, however, in the past I have always used plywood drawer bottoms. I just cut a groove that can easily be conceeled in the drawer itself.

My current project is going to be using solid wood drawer bottoms and as I know what I want it to look like given a less wide back with less pins/tails on the back joints so the drawer bottom can extend past. Now my question is does anybody have any experience using the 4212 to do this? I can fumble around with it and practice and figure it out, but thought I would post to all you that may have been there done that before.

thanks in advance,

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#1 posted 07-07-2010 04:43 AM

Jeremy did you get any advice? I don’t have the 4212 so I can’t offer anything useful in that regard.

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#2 posted 07-07-2010 06:41 AM

I have never seen drawers with the bottom dovetailed from the bottom.

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#3 posted 07-07-2010 02:02 PM

Jeremy, I use the Porter Cable dovetail jig also. Have no idea my model # ( Mine’s probably 20 years old), but I beleive all the Porter Cable Omni jigs index the same. If I understand your question correctly, you want the back of your drawer to be shallower then the sides so the bottom can slide in from the back after the drawer box is assembled? A lot of your antique furniture was done that way. Your Porter Cable indexes from the bottom of the drawer when you push it over to the stops. If you want your back say 1” shallower than the sides, the only thing I’ve done is make a 1” filler to put between the bottom and the stop on your jig. Align your sides in the jig as usual and this should keep everything in line while you dovetail. Whatever the difference is between your sides versus the back is the size filler you will need to put. Myself, when I do that style drawer, I still size all my stock the same size, dovetail the drawers boxes as normal and then just rip the bottom portion off the back to the dimension I want. ( I know, wasting wood), but you are usually only taking an inch or so off. I see you posted this a while back, so you probably already figured it out, but I did see the other responses where just a few hour ago, so thought I would see if this was any help for you.

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