Dovetail Bible Box #2: Box Bottom Blowout

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Blog entry by OutPutter posted 02-03-2010 03:27 AM 10398 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Catastrophe today at the WoodRat.

I explained in the previous blog entry how I plan to use a sort of blind sliding dovetail to attach the sides of my boxes to the bottoms. The bottoms are first glued up from smaller boards since they need to be around 12” x 9”. After final dimensioning, the bottom has to be cut into two pieces so the dovetail trench can be made without the ends of the trench showing. Then I trap the box sides in the trench and glue the two bottom pieces back together. Simple huh?

The problem is I have a Triton router that uses an adapter for 1/4” bits. The bits are very hard to secure well enough in the chuck so that they don’t slide out a little bit during routing. I can usually deal with the problem by making the cuts very slowly and checking the bit depth after each cut. This time however, I forgot to check the depth and retighten the bit. Below is the result.

Blowout 1

Blowout 2
This one shows the two pieces a little better.

Not only did I do it once but, after I quit kicking myself for doing it the first time, I got in a hurry and did it again. So, that leaves me with two corrections to make. I’m trying to mull this ove a little before jumping into anything. I guess the obvious way is to use the router to make the holes into something I can veneer a piece of the scrap wood from the project into. I’ll have to be careful to make sure the wood movement isn’t compromised by the glue.

-- Jim

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#1 posted 02-03-2010 03:36 AM

Good blog

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#2 posted 02-03-2010 04:03 AM

u still should go through with tha plan, if the other board is the same color it shouldn’t show too much. Then if it’s the bottom not to many people look at the bottom of stuff. good luck in any case.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://[email protected]

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#3 posted 02-03-2010 08:16 AM

One thing is sure. You are not alone my friend. You are not the first one to have to kick himself for trying to get in a hurry. I manage to chew myself out on a pretty regular basis. One friend of mine made this comment to me one day. “Michael, you make screing up look pretty natural.” Don’t that just beat all. Chin up Outputter. It only gets better.

-- The safest place to be is within the will of God. God Bless. Michael

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#4 posted 02-03-2010 08:58 AM

That is the pits ;-(( Is that a common problem with 1/2” routers?

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#5 posted 02-03-2010 04:31 PM

Thanks for the comments. I’m definitely going to do something with the blowout because I just love this wood. The problem with the bit changing depth is I think mostly because of the bit I’m using. It’s longer than other 1/4” bits I have and I think having more of the bit extending past the end of the chuck puts more stress on the bit and makes it easier to come lose.

-- Jim

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#6 posted 02-03-2010 11:22 PM

You might need a new 1/4”collet for your router or else there is something drastically wrong with it when it can’t hold a bit tight. Could be dangerous too. I suggest you find out the cause and get it fixed before something bad happens.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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