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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-14-2012, 10:46 PM Thread Starter
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Default materials for jigging dovetails and box joints

I had never considered using man-made materials for box or dovetail joints. My favorite wood is red oak and secondary is poplar. About all I use cherry and walnut for is decorative accent. I saw a demo where plywood was being used to make dovetails, as a trial run. But I am wondering about quality plywoods such as cherry or oak for drawer making. Any ideas would be appreciated._Lee
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I don't use charry or oak plywood, but for shop use I make any boxes and/or drawers I need out of plywood. No problems yet. I don't use the most expensive plywood, but a few steps above the least expensive.

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As long as you use sharp bits there is no reason you can not use plywood or even the better quality MDF. The reason that I mention sharp bits is that the glue in the panels can dull them rather quickly.

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Baltic birch seems to be the standard for plywood drawers, if you'd like them nice. The exposed ends of the ply stain up well when you use natural stain.
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Cutting dovetails in plywood with a jig and router can be done, but chip out can be a significant problem. Baltic Birch works better than lower grades, but there can still be problems. Sometimes it's possible to use a sacrificial backer to minimize the chipping. Sharp bits help, but they are not the total answer. When dovetailing or box jointing I usually try to avoid plywood if I can.


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