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Dovetail sides/edges aren't aligning?

by Pacesetter
posted 02-25-2017 03:25 PM

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#1 posted 02-25-2017 03:33 PM

I uploaded a picture here to give you a visual of the problem.

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#2 posted 02-25-2017 03:54 PM

It looks like your dovetails are tight, but the entire board is misaligned with the other one to begin with. Can you adjust the edge guide on that jig, so that the offset between the two boards is more accurate?

-- ~Walker

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#3 posted 02-25-2017 05:50 PM

If you put both a pin board and a tail board in place, do the edges line up perfectly??


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#4 posted 02-25-2017 06:00 PM

Thanks guys.

Walker, The edge guide is static, machined into the jig (see image below).

Sorry Wayne, what do you mean by ‘in place’?

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#5 posted 02-25-2017 06:05 PM

Also, if you are unfamiliar with the d4r, it makes it impossible to misalign the pins after routing the tails because the entire pin/tail guide is on a static rail and you flip it and put directly back on consistent mount rails. Difficult to imagine by the photo but see below but it would be impossible to adjust left or right (which is by design)

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#6 posted 02-25-2017 06:53 PM

I had the same problem with another jig. It took some tedious measuring but I finally got it close enough for some light sanding.

To save one drawer that was misaligned like yours, I ripped off the excess on the table saw. And who knows but me and you! :-)

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#7 posted 02-25-2017 09:59 PM

Not having that particular dovetail jig, I can’t comment on how it’s misaligned. Still, it does appear misaligned. Something is slightly out of whack. I’ve had the same type problem with my PC jig. I clean up the minor misalignments with the tablesaw or with a handplane, depending on the amount of ‘adjustment’ needed.

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#8 posted 02-26-2017 04:53 PM

Thanks everyone. I don’t think it’s something I’m doing wrong in setup but I’m going to call Leigh on Monday to see if they have a solution. If not, I’ll just need to oversized my widths by 1/8+ and rip it down or plane it down until I can find a solution. I’ll let you all know what Leigh says on Monday.

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#9 posted 03-02-2017 10:34 PM

Hi All – Thanks again for your input. I called Leigh on Monday, they were very helpful. He basically went though all of the things that could have been wrong and the one that stood out to me was to do an aligning process that you do when assembling the jig. It was one of those set of steps that you just ‘follow the instructions’ on when you get a new tool and later you realize the importance of the steps. It involved re-aligning the ruler gauges on either side to the finger assembly.

I think what was happening is I made the ruler gauges too tight the first time I calibrated it so when flipping the finger assembly back and forth between pins and tails mode I was ending up squeezing the mounting arms in slightly. Now the finger assembly slides on smooth both ways with no squeezing and the dovetails are coming out perfect, no sanding/trimming needed. I know this jig was crazy expensive but man, what an awesome piece of equipment. It works really really well now and I can’t wait to try some advanced dovetails.

Thanks again all!

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