Experimenting with CNC Dovetails

December 5th, 2010 by otto_pjm

I’ve had a wizard to do Dovetail joints for awhile and never had a reason to use it until now. We need some drawers built for an odd sized cupboard, and as you may know the HF recently received a pallet or two of drawer sides as a donation. So it seemed like a good time to check out the wizard and try and make some drawers.

Here’s a shot of the setup,

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It’s kind of a pain as you need to operate on the edge of the board. I built my latest table in two pieces so I could do dovetails and put the 4th access I hope to build under that part of the frame.

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Here’s a finished joint,

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and a finished drawer.

In the end I decided that the effort involved isn’t worth it with the minimal ply drawer sides we have, it chips out too much, and is better suited to box joints. My next quest is the all flat on the table cutting of fuax half blind dovetails. There seems to be both the easy expensive, and harder cheaper approaches to this, I’ll post an update when I make something work, have to build some old fashion dado cut box joint drawers first though.

Pete

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3 Responses to “Experimenting with CNC Dovetails”

  1. shanusmagnus Says:

    Sorry to be off-topic, but could someone please validate my account on the forum so I could participate? The username is ‘shanusmagnus.’

  2. pete Says:

    I don’t have perms for such things, but I’ll see if I can track down someone who does.

    Pete

  3. pyrodogg Says:

    Your account has been activated

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