|Forum topic by wbrisett||posted 01-28-2014 11:35 AM||1045 views||0 times favorited||13 replies|
01-28-2014 11:35 AM
As I mentioned in couple of posts, I bought the Incra Wonderfence and router table top this Christmas to go with my table saw and Incra positioner.
I have done a few box joints, they went well. However, I hadn’t tackled dovetails yet. I spent time watching the whole video multiple times on doing dovetails and decided this Sunday to tackle that project. went to my stock pile of wood, pulled out a piece of 4/4 wood of unknown origin (came from a local sawyer and has a bunch of unknown origin woods in the pile). ;)
I decided I would do a small ¼ thick box just to see what happens. So I square up the wood and cut off a piece of wood that I would plane down to ¼”. However, after cutting it on the bandsaw it immediately curled like I hadn’t seen in quite some time. So, I decided I would simply plane the piece I had left over to ¾” and make do with that.
I changed out the dovetail, looked in the book and determined that dovetail ‘U’ was about right for what I was doing. After following along and getting the height set exactly right for the fit, I cut the tails and then the pins. However, what I ended up with was anything but a success story. In fact it’s a royal mess, way too much gap in all the pins and tails. It doesn’t even come close to resembling a dovetail joint. :(
I’m going to do my test using a ½” piece of wood and use the same template as they show in the video, so I can follow along. But if anybody has suggestions, please let me know.