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04-09-2011 11:56 AM

would like to know how to do a sliding dovetail. Can you make a home made jig to do it.
Thanks for any help or advice.

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#1 posted 04-09-2011 03:10 PM

I’ve only done them two times. I just used my router and clamped a straight edge to the board for the groove. I first used a straight bit to plow out most of the stock, then finish with a dove tail bit. For the tail, i used a router table and kept making passes til the tail fit the groove. On the longer pieces I’ve seen (in magazines) the tail pieces are tapered as to slied into the groove easier. Good luck.

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#2 posted 04-09-2011 04:42 PM

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#3 posted 04-09-2011 09:46 PM

Thanks for the diagrams and instructions Tedstor. Will have a go at that and get back to you.

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#4 posted 04-09-2011 10:39 PM

here’s another one you may be interested in seeing. it shows how to make the jigs.

while it’s not sliding dovetails, it does show anther way to use dovetails in a simmilar way.

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#5 posted 04-10-2011 12:04 AM

Here is a video with Roy Underhill making some sliding dovetails for a bookcase.

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