Dialed In - Router Forums
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 05-05-2012, 05:50 PM Thread Starter
Registered User
Join Date: Aug 2010
Country: United States
First Name: Jerry
Posts: 51
Default Dialed In

My D4R dialed in on 3/4 pine. I did this as a money saving endeavor as it takes me a long time and many screw ups to learn.
Will these setting hold true with other woods? I am next going to make a prototype blanket chest from 3/4 poplar before moving on to cherry and walnut.
Bonka is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 05-06-2012, 10:12 AM
Registered User
CharleyL's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2009
Country: United States
First Name: Charley
Posts: 2,176

No, there will be a slight difference when different wood is cut, especially when switching from softwood to hardwood.

You will need to make a test joint with the new wood and then make a very slight adjustment of the jig to tighten or loosen the joint fit depending on the hardness of the wood being cut. This adjustment will involve moving the guides back or forward just a little, usually about 1/4 - 1/2 of a line graduation. It isn't much, but it makes a big difference in how well the joint fits. You shouldn't need to make any other changes to the jig. You are almost there.

It takes a bit of practice to learn how to make good dovetails, and using cheap wood for learning is a wise decision. If you get some poplar or other of the cheaper hardwoods to practice with your settings will be closer when you switch to other hardwoods, but there will still be a difference. Keep notes of these positions for each type of wood and bit, so you don't have to make as many test cuts in the future when you want to cut the same wood and joint again. The more dovetails you make, the easier it will be to do this without making test cuts. When you can get very close on the first setup you can go ahead without the test cuts and just do some fine tuning in the first joints of your work. Every professional sometimes needs to make test cuts for setup. It's part of the job, but it can be minimized with more experience.


Central North Carolina
CharleyL is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Router Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome