How to make may dovetail joints look better?

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Topic tags/keywords: tip purpleheart maple joining

I have been working on making some butcher block counter tops. I’m using purple heart/maple and choose to use a dovetail joiint. Not all of my joints are perfect and was woundering if anyone had any suggestions on how to make them look any better. I was wondering if I using some glue and sawdust to fill any gaps before I get them sanded would help. Also how much of a gap in the dovetails can be fixed?
Thankyou for any suggestions.

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#1 posted 1775 days ago

Hey Jay
take a wedge of wood the same type and grain direction as you used for your dovetail and after applying some glue hammer the wedge into the gap let the glue dry cut of excess wood and sand even.

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 1775 days ago

why don’t you sand it first ,
and see what you got .
unless it’s real thin ,
most fillers wont go down to far .

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#3 posted 1774 days ago

Jim describes the classic technique of dealing with gaps in dovetail joints. If you match the color of the wedges closely to the end grain of the dovetailed piece the fix is invisible after sanding.

-- Gerry

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#4 posted 1774 days ago

I would recommend practicing on some wood the same dimensions to get as close as possible. I’ve found that even if the collar on your router top is slight different in height it can cause a DT to fit poorly. Try to be very consistent with the amount of pressure you apply and watch closely that your router is not lifting anywhere. Practice makes perfect when it comes to DT’s. Good luck.

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