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richardwootton

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551 days ago

I’m entertaining the idea of building a Nakashima inspired live edge slab dining table using book matched slabs. I have never tried using dovetail keys before and I’m wondering if anyone could give me some kind of a primer or lead me in the right direction as to learning how to best use butterfly keys.

Thanks in advance!

Richard

-- Richard, Hot Springs, Ar -- Galoot In Training


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#1 posted 551 days ago

Should this be moved to woodworking skill share?

-- Richard, Hot Springs, Ar -- Galoot In Training

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MNgary

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#2 posted 550 days ago

Your mention of bookmatching slabs for a dining surface leads me to believe you will be edge glueing so the butterflies will be decorative. Or are you thinking the butterflies will be structural?

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#3 posted 550 days ago

Well I guess they could be potentially both. I haven’t acquired the slab yet so I guess it will depend on that. I think that I would like decorative at each end of the glued edge though.

-- Richard, Hot Springs, Ar -- Galoot In Training

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#4 posted 550 days ago

I use a special router bushing guide / bit kit from Whiteside. It is a router inlay kit. Then make or buy a butterfly template. You use the same template for the inlay recess, as well as the piece to be inlayed. That way you are guaranteed a perfect fit. All you have to do is square the corners, which is very easy because the router bit is only 1/8” diameter.
It is practical for inlays approx. 1/8”-1/4” thick.

It works like magic.

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