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Thread: Can a single dovetail bit make sliding dovetails

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    Can a single dovetail bit make sliding dovetails

    I am interested in making some drawer slides using sliding dovetails. I guess I have two questions. Is it possible to make these without a dovetail jig? And do I need just one dovetail bit to make both the pins and the tails? Ok, I told a fib. I actually have three questions. What angle dovetail bit would you recommend I buy?

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    Sure, if you have a router table set the fence to make the cuts and do both sides of the pin first seperatly then the tail. I'd use a 14 degree bit cause that what I have for my dovetail jig.
    "There’s a lot of work being done today that doesn’t have any soul in it. The technique may be the utmost perfection, yet it is lifeless. It doesn’t have a soul. I hope my furniture has a soul to it." - Sam Maloof
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    Agree with Don. Can be done easy. Just be careful during set up.

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    Here's a link to an article by Pat Warner on router-made sliding dovetails:
    http://www.dewalt.com/us/articles/ar...working&ID=511

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    Thanks for the info and the link. Thats what I love about this site. Ask and ye shall receive. Today sliding dovetails, tomorrow the world.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Reid View Post
    Thanks for the info and the link. Thats what I love about this site. Ask and ye shall receive. Today sliding dovetails, tomorrow the world.
    Sorry Kevin no world for you
    So you better keep it wood working related
    It could be worse You could be on fire.
    Stupid hurts.

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    Chuck:

    With the shape the world is in Im not sure I would want it. Guess I will just stick with the wood working. Of course with more things made out of wood in this world it would be just a little bit better.

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    That's how I do it. Same bit height for both parts.
    Last edited by glenn bradley; 01-20-2010 at 08:31 PM.
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    Glenn, thanks for the picture. As they say a picture is worth a thousand words. I hadnt even thought of using my tenoning jig to make the dovetails. Thanks again.

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    Glenn: By the way do you mind is I inquire what size router bit and angle you use for those dovetails?

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