|Forum topic by Ean||posted 01-07-2015 02:27 AM||747 views||0 times favorited||8 replies|
01-07-2015 02:27 AM
Ok, so to remove all doubt I am by all intents and purposes very new to the whole woodworking thing. That said, I am in the process of designing a custom wood box for an important collection of hardcover books for my wife, and thought it’d be cool to use through dovetails on the edges. The problem being I’ve never attempted any dovetailing.
Fast forwarding a bit, I purchased a dovetail jig from general tools (the gold one, i think its the ez dovetail jig II or something like that). It came in the mail today about 30 minutes before I had to leave for work- just enough time for me to open it and form some questions without a chance to answer them by trying. I set up my router with the included 1/4” shank, 1/2 inch dovetailing bit and when to cut into my test board (i’m testing my abilities on cheap lumber I had laying around rather than diving in on the more expensive hardwood, as to not waste money when I inevitably mess up). Immediately i ran into an issue. The board is a 1×8 (aka .75 inches thick) and the dovetailing bit is set up with the bushings and such on the shank- not allowing to make a clean pass at .75 inches deep into the wood…..Am I missing something totally obvious or do I just need to buy a bigger bit? The jig instructions claim to be able to dovetail lumber from .5inches to 1 inch thick so the .75 seems to be in the wheel house. My assumption when I started was I need to cut the tails and pins at the same thickness as the lumber as to make a truly flush and square joint.
When I watch the instructional video for the jig the guy claims to be using a 1×8 but only cuts 1/2 inch tails for his dovetails…again I ask am I missing something?
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