|Forum topic by Nick_R||posted 07-19-2012 12:57 AM||2162 views||1 time favorited||11 replies|
07-19-2012 12:57 AM
I have watched the videos, read the instructions, bought the jigs, set up my router table and I have FAILED over and over again.. I have heard that failures are just lessons, but I think I have been left back a few grades.
So I am looking for help / advice / anything to educate me before I give up. Here is the story..
I like to build boxes of all kinds.. I usually use my miter saw and cut 45’s and glue up the board with nice edges, but I have always liked the dovetail look, especially with contrasting wood colors.
I usually use craft wood 3/8 or 1/4 inch oak or poplar sooooooooooo the easiest looking jig was the one by General called EZ Dovetail.. Yes, I drank the kool aid and now I have another “thing” on the shelf. It actually worked OK if I used 1/2” to 3/4” wood AND it was about 6” wide AND it was long enough to clamp to the table AND the wood didn’t tear.. etc etc.. But I really wanted to dovetail the thinner wood with a 3/8” dovetail bit but that didn’t work.. Basically the wood is too thin to use this jig
So I tried it on the router table. Same crappy result. I have been “practicing” on scraps making them even scrappier and I am about as frustrated as ever..
I have a Freud 2000 plunge router attached to my craftsman table (i know I just need to grow more money). The problem I am having with the router is the EZ Dovetail is too thick and the router does not plunge enough to use other bits, so I am stuck with the one that came with the jig. I don’t want to put the bit in the router to shallow for fear that it will dovetail my forehead. I can overcome this issue,
I just need to be pointed in the right direction or be told to quit or wait till I have lots more money….
I am out of answers… was hoping you guys could help..
Thanks in advance..
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