Routing Dovetails using CNC Machine.

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Project by H_Stevens posted 08-05-2018 02:56 PM 927 views 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have long wanted to be able to make Dovetail joins using my CNC machine. This last week I built a jig to do it.

Dovetails joints consist of “Pins” and “Tails”. To do this on a CNC machine the Pins piece must the routed with the work piece vertically mounted. The tails can be routed with the work piece horizontal.

To route with a piece vertical I had to cut a hole in the table and build a jig to hold the piece.

See the attached pictures of a work piece mounted vertically and pins being routed.

With a little refinement this will be a great technique. I can route one set of pins in 3.5 minutes actual routing time. This means I could build an entire drawer in 45 minutes or less.

Hamp Stevens.

Will post pics of the jig and tails being mounted in another post

-- Hamp, St. Simons Island, GA

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#1 posted 08-06-2018 01:34 AM

Well, not exactly my speed. But definitely next level!

-- Chuck, Pullman, WA

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#2 posted 08-06-2018 07:28 PM

I can’t drop a board through my table due to the construction of my CNC (there is a piece of metal that runs across to tie the two sides together that would run into the board) but I can run past the end of the table as I have a rotary mounted on the side so my gantry goes beyond the table. I will be interested in how you did this as I’m thinking it will translate to what I have here. Definitely looks interesting!

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl,

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