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Forum topic by Mordi posted 01-15-2018 07:58 PM 610 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-15-2018 07:58 PM

Rather than making stop cuts for the grooves for the bottom of a dovetail box, I was thinking of cutting the dovetails, assembling the box and clamping all around to hold it together. Then, using a slot cutter to cut grooves on the inside of the box. I would place the box over the slot cutter, with the side of the box against the top most portion of the cutter and rotate the box to cut the grooves. No fence would be used.

Since the bit is rotating counterclockwise, I am thinking I need to push the box from left to right across the router table. This is opposite to how I typically route at the table (when I use a fence) which is right to left direction.

Does this sound like a safe procedure – left to right direction?


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#1 posted 01-15-2018 08:57 PM

why not plow it before assembly ?

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#2 posted 01-15-2018 09:18 PM

Seems like a strange way to go about this. If the side of the box is to the left of the bearing as you are facing then I believe it would be the same as if you were using the fence. You would push away from you feeding the stock into the rotating cutter. Think about it. The bearing is just a very short (and round) fence.

Note that the slots will not reach into the corners. You are going to have a ton of hand work facing you to finish them off to hold the bottom panel. With a decent sized slot cutter the bearing would be pretty big to give a shallow slot. That will keep you well out of the corners for sure.

The stopped cuts are a snap if you just set up starting and ending blocks on the fence.

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#3 posted 01-15-2018 09:36 PM

Well here is a link that spells it out pretty well. Avoid climb cuttiing if oyu can or have a damn good hold.

You should cut that slot prior to assembly. If you doing blind dovetails the slot won’t even show. Otherwise stopped is easier.

If do use a slot cutter you wont get the ends square so you will still have to do chisel work, so I don’t see how thats faster or easier, butt it can be done just followo the directions for an inside cut.


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