NWGR In and Out trays #3: Making the Dovetail Joints

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Blog entry by robscastle posted 06-16-2013 05:38 AM 1082 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: Making the base for the trays Part 3 of NWGR In and Out trays series Part 4: Profiling the sides »

I don’t want to bore everybody here with unnecessary explanations of dovetailing terminology or methodology as there is heaps on the net for all to see.
For the dovetail joints on the in/out trays I used my Gifkins A10 Dovetail Jig.
Its much the same as every other dovetail making Jig apart from the Gifkins jig and materials move over a fixed router/shaper.
The jig and I guess just about every other jig required test cuts to be made first to ensure a satisfactory resultant dovetail.
So most of the photos are with test pieces.
The test pieces are off cuts from the original material and are identical in all aspects.

Making the Dovetails using the dovetail cutter.
Upon everything being set up correctly simply pass the cutter into and along the template

The jig has a Dovetail cutter this side marking

For my own use I added an extra reminder, because the tails and pins are offset if you screw up there is no recovery possible on the original material. been there done that!

Making the Pins using the straight cutter.
Much the same process ensure the setup is OK and all that is required is to insert a straight cutter, and insert the timber into the opposite side and clamp in. No further adjustments are required or needed!

The cutting of the pins requires some additional material to be removed when you first start, but otherwise its just a matter to follow the template guide forwards and backwards to ensure all material has been removed

Again as I had done before I added my own reminder.

The dummys guide to routing again.
Note the small chip remover, you will see why later.

The assembled test piece.
All is A OK!

Cutting the final pieces.
As all is good its time to do it all over with the real material.
Whats with the oil and big chip extractor?

the oil Its a standard check in the router bearing, add 1 drop of oil and ensure it spins OK.

The big chip extractor well its a fail as you can see chips everywhere, so I used the small one as in the test cuts.
They are both held onto the table by a Rare Earth Magnet taped onto the opening neck.

An excellent jig for doing dovetails on material from 5mm to 13mm the A10 Set at work.


-- Regards Rob

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