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09-22-2018 06:44 AM

Topic tags/keywords: best way to rout stopped sliding dovetails

I want to use sliding dovetails to make some drawers. If I want to make the drawer sides shorter than the fronts, I will need to stop the dovetails in the drawer fronts before they come all the way through.

I have not used dovetail bits before. What is the best, safest, way to do this?

Thanks


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#1 posted 09-22-2018 02:10 PM

rout dovetails first then install Drawer fronts :<))

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#2 posted 09-22-2018 02:18 PM

It’s easiest if you cut a stopped dado first, then cut the dovetail. That way there’s less material to remove. The sides are easy, just sneak up on your fit.

The tricky part will be that you are working on the narrow end of the drawer front and sides. You’ll need some way to stabilize the cut. Since I have no idea what tools you are using, I can’t help you there.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#3 posted 09-22-2018 02:26 PM

^ Yeppers

1-Dado

2-Dovetail

Whiteside router bits work well.

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#4 posted 09-22-2018 02:32 PM

When I do something like this, I do it on trial pieces that are the same dimensions as the piece that I want to use in the project. Test, test, test. You will find out quickly what works and what doesn’t.

-- "I build for function first, looks second. Most times I never get around to looks." - Mike, western Colorado

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#5 posted 09-22-2018 02:45 PM

I’m not sure why you want to do this as they will be prone to sticking in humid weather, unless you make them really loose, which sort of defeats the purpose. A dado will work just as well and be a lot easier to fit. But if you have to do it, it is best done on a router table, hog out most of the waste with a straight bit, then clean up with a dovetail bit.

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#6 posted 09-22-2018 05:09 PM

You can add the slide below the drawer bottom or if you like to challenge yourself incorporate it with the drawer bottom. Either way pick your wood carefully if you get too much warping the sliding action is sticky like Bondo mentions.
I find drawer making very rewarding but I hardly ever get to do it.

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#7 posted 09-22-2018 05:26 PM

Aj, Bondo, I think he’s referring to using sliding dovetails to attach the drawer fronts to the sides, not as drawer slides.

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#8 posted 09-22-2018 05:55 PM


Aj, Bondo, I think he s referring to using sliding dovetails to attach the drawer fronts to the sides, not as drawer slides.

- Rich

That’s what I think also. Used to be a common what to attach factory made drawer fronts. Still might be haven’t noticed in a long time. Not sure but it seems like that method was used of the contractor grade cabinets. I’m sure Youtube will have a video of this.

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=sliding+stopped+dovetails+for+drawer+fronts

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#9 posted 09-22-2018 06:08 PM

Didn’t find a really good video (yet anyway) but I found this. +1 on what Rich said too.

https://www.wwgoa.com/article/making-sliding-dovetails/

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#10 posted 09-22-2018 06:36 PM

I use my panel router. Makes quick work on rights or lefts, just set the stops and go.

You could easily make a router sled that your router slides on, and move your front from side to side.

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#11 posted 09-22-2018 07:54 PM

Thanks Rich your right. Why someone would want to do that is beyond me. I’m stepping out of this thread…..

-- Aj

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#12 posted 09-22-2018 08:04 PM

Have you thought of dado cutting the slides and wax the sliding surface. It’s just easier than dovetailing the slides. Less worry of expansion and binding. If your thinking dovetail on the drawer face, great and looks nice, but more work. Finger joints easier and There are router bits for drawer joints using with a router table.

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#13 posted 09-22-2018 09:49 PM

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#14 posted 09-22-2018 10:01 PM

What? Not animated?


- jbay


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#15 posted 09-22-2018 10:13 PM



Thanks Rich your right. Why someone would want to do that is beyond me. I’m stepping out of this thread…..

- Aj2

Agree with that.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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