|Forum topic by Fallon||posted 1454 days ago||4500 views||0 times favorited||9 replies|
1454 days ago
I knew nothing about dovetails until recently & bagged a PC 4216 to learn on & for an upcoming project. Tonight I finally got the chance to mess around with the jig.
First try I was using some junk 1/4” plywood… Lets just say it shouldn’t make gunshot type noises when you hit it with the router. Tear-out doesn’t adequately describe how badly it got tore up. Oh well, it was just junk to learn on.
My next 2 tries was on some 1/2” poplar & only had minor tearout. However my problem is not getting the right depth I believe. I end up with joints that look like (sorry for the blurry photos, but I just snapped quick ones with my cell phone, didn’t want to bother taking the time to do get good photos, it show off the basic flaws in the joint at least).
The length of the pins & depth of the tails seems to be off. Both are 3/8” deep when they should be 1/2”. I set the depth of the router bit (via the gauges on the side at) at 3/8” for both bits. The manual says to set the depth gauges to 3/8” one at the very beginning. Am I missing something?
The joint is nice & tight & my alignment issues are just because I’m trying to get the basics down on some scrap for now.