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    ugh.

    about six hours to cut the dovetails (my hands were buzzing from hanging onto a router that long). 52 drawers, 208 parts, probably around 1500 pins/tails.

    I just thought it was kinda cool looking all stacked up like that. In person it messed with your eyes.



    I need a automatic dovetailer.

    I've got another 27 to build next week.
    Last edited by Karl Brogger; 11-26-2010 at 03:11 AM.
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    Wha! Wowee WooWa!!!

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    looks like more tails then pins...
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    Seen some setups for doing it on a cnc router Karl. Looks to be just what you need.
    Darren

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    would you be so kind and tell what device/jig you used?

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    Quote Originally Posted by allen levine View Post
    would you be so kind and tell what device/jig you used?
    Porter Cable Omni-jig. The one that was discontinued three or four years ago.


    Don- I make my drawers all 1/2" big, then after they're dovetailed I cut a 1/4" off of the top and bottom to remove any tear out from the router bit. It is part of the process that really needs to be re-evaluated.
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    Karl I agree with Darren you should look into something like a small shop bot. There are probably many things you would be able to set it up for and let it go to work while you do something else. Not to mention the other extras like signs that you could add to your bus.

    A couple years ago a guy near me closed up shop and had a dedicated dovetailer. It was the one machine he really battled to sell.

    I would think of more flexibility than that if i were you prepared to spend any dollars on a machine.
    cheers

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    thats alot of bird work karl,, and with your other machines and tables i am surprised that yu dont have a dovetailer machine..bet it is on your list just havnt found one for the right price huh
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    What you are not doing them by hand
    Think how good you would be by now......

    Looks like a LOT of work!
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    Carl,

    Do you dovetail in the back of the drawer too? I always debate about what to do when I reach this step - I've done it both ways (dovetail vs. dado) but usually end up going the dado route in the unlikely event that I would someday need to replace a bottom.

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