I am building a baby dresser/changing table pictured here (scroll down)...http://familywoodworking.org/forums/...ead.php?t=6284 ) and I need your advice on the drawer dovetails. The drawer dimensions are 5 1/2, 8, and 11 1/2 deep by 35 inches wide.
I have a very old incra positioning jig with fence and right-angle fixture. I am willing to get a newer model (perhaps an Ultra) but my basic question is this: is it possible to machine long, wide boards (such as 11 1/2 wide by 35 long) on this jig?
I cannot imagine the short little right angle jig holding the long board stable while it is moved back and forth on end, but maybe some of you are doing it--such experience would be very encourgaging. Further, could I build a more robust "sled", one having a taller vertical clampling surface and being wider and having a bigger base also---and then running the edge of the sled along the incra fence. It seems like it would work not being "attached" to the fence like the standard right angle fixture is (attached meaning "hooked" over the top edge of the fence).
Please give me your advice on this incra approach, or suggest what specific jig would work with the size boards I described above.
I am building this unit under the guidance of a very experienced woodworker and he is suggesting to hand cut the dovetails and has demonstrated twice for me....I in turn have tried three times, ruined two and got my last one together but boy is it horrible (and took me 55 minutes for about 6 tails/pins -- ). I am thinking the jig is what I need (want?) and thus need your advice.
Edit: sorry...but can someone tell me if you can cut unevenly spaced dovetails using an incra jig?