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Forum topic by JoeyG posted 04-10-2012 01:26 AM 2300 views 0 times favorited 19 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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JoeyG

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04-10-2012 01:26 AM

Topic tags/keywords: jig router dovetailing

I have a gentleman that is looking to have a desk built. He wants the faceframes dovetailed to the side panels and the side panels dovetailed to the back panel etc. Now it has been a few years since I have used a dovetail jig. I used a porter-cable to make drawers for year but no longer have the jig. I am going to need a way to dovetail up to 36 inches. If I remember correctly the PC was not able to do that. Does anyone out there know of a dovetail jig that will make a dovetail that long or am I going to have to make one. I have done a little research and have not come up with what I have in mind. If there is anyone who can help I would be most grateful.

Thanks,
Joey

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#1 posted 04-10-2012 01:37 AM

this one will work for ya ….. its not the best model in the world but for the price i havent had any probs with it … it will make the as long as any board you can come up with … only thing is that you have to slide it and you a key the come with it to refrence off the last dovetail cut …

http://www.homedepot.com/buy/tools-hardware-power-tool-accessories-jigs/kohler-kelston-diverter-valve-kit-in-vibrant-brushed-bronze-171342.html

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#2 posted 04-10-2012 01:47 AM

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#3 posted 04-10-2012 02:16 AM

The Porter cable will allow you to do that you just need to remove the plates. I’ve done it before when I made a blanket chest. As long as you line up the plate correctley when you need to do the rest you should be fine. If I remember correctly Porter cable even put out a video on how to do it.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#4 posted 04-10-2012 02:35 AM

I’ve seen this one in action at the woodworking shows.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#5 posted 04-10-2012 03:15 AM

JOEY, I AGREE WITH JIM. THAT IS JUST A LIGHTER VERSION OF WHAT I WAS GOING TO SUGGEST WHICH IS THE PEACHTREE FIXED DOVETAIL JIG. IT IS THICKER TO USE BEARING OR GUIDE TYPE BITS WITH IT. PEACHTREE CATALOG www.ptreeusa.com IS AVAILABLE ON LINE. IT ISN’T REALLY NECESSARY BUT YOU CAN ACTUALLY ATTATCH THESE TOGETHER FOR LONGER RUNS WITHOUT REPOSITIONING THEM. JUST SOMETHING TO LOOK AT. IVÉ USED THIS ALOT. GOOD LUCK, ;-J

-- Joe in Pueblo West, Colo. jdelong264@msn.com

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#6 posted 04-10-2012 04:25 AM

There is one that Charles Neil did a video review on, can’t remember the name but it was pretty much fool proof and made good tight dove tails because of a tapering lock or something. Sorry I can’t quite remember the details but its worth looking at. Check out you tube or his site.

-- Bob Egbert AKA Sandhill http://www.sandhillwoodworks.com/

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#7 posted 04-10-2012 11:27 AM

Thanks for all the ideas everyone. I am researching all of them now. I really want a incra router table fence, but I just don’t see how that will work for this job. Once I have made up my mind I will let you all know what I chose and why. I hope you all have a great day.

-- JoeyG ~~~ http://www.facebook.com/JHGWoodWorks

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#8 posted 04-10-2012 11:34 AM

I second Karson’s link above. I actually own it (sears had it on the clearance shelf). You have to make pieces of plywood with lines ripped in it as the template, but it’s pretty easy to make.

-- Ev in Framingham, MA

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wooded

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#9 posted 04-10-2012 02:46 PM

sandhill is talking about the Kehoe jig an it would be great for this with your client’s blessing that is. Great idea. ;-J

-- Joe in Pueblo West, Colo. jdelong264@msn.com

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#10 posted 04-10-2012 09:12 PM

Like wooded I would use the keho jig if the client is ok with dovetail splines instead of actual dovetails.
This blog show the jig.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#11 posted 04-10-2012 10:29 PM

I would love to be able to sell my client on the Kehoe jig, but I don’t think I will be able to. He wants real dovetails, not splines. I might have to get one for the shop. I was planning on trying the dovetail spines on an upcoming box and that would make it a lot easier.

Thanks for all the help everyone. I will let you know once I make a decision.

-- JoeyG ~~~ http://www.facebook.com/JHGWoodWorks

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#12 posted 04-11-2012 03:13 AM

Joey, I use the Peachtree jig mentioned by Wooded. I used it for Sammy’s Treasure Chest posted in my projects if you want to see the results. Simple jig with good results @ a resanoble price. I purchased 2 templates which fasten together end to end, or you can buy more templates to make the jig as long as you want.
good luck wiyh the desk,sounds like a big job…....................Jack

-- Jack R. Ellis

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#13 posted 04-11-2012 03:21 AM

Look at the Keller jig. No limits on width. And I’ve heard lots of great comments on it.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#14 posted 04-11-2012 03:24 AM

If you make one, may I suggest this one?
I recently made it and extended mine out to be able to dovetail up to 36”.

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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#15 posted 04-11-2012 03:32 AM

I use a Leigh D4 jig and length poses no problem. The accuracy and operation is relatively simple and extremely accurately with a great deal of versatility in design set up. A concern may be price but the quality will overide it.

Wally

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