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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-20-2013, 09:50 AM Thread Starter
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I have a problem with properly sizing the male dovetail to fit snugly in the slot. I realize that moving the fence to "sneak up" on the fit is the proper way.I also understand that any movement in the fence doubles the removal of the material.

Still having problems cutting snug fitting sliding dovetails.

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Welcome to the forum Pad3. Maybe try sanding the fit to size if you get really close. A home made tool I use for jobs like that is a piece of counter top laminate about 1 1/2 or 2 by 3 with some sandpaper glued to the back side. It's stiff enough to sand like a sanding block but easier to get in small spaces.

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Will you see the dovetail when it's finished? Is this for a jig or furniture?

You might try using the table saw with the blade angled. It may be easier to micro adjust your table saw rather than your router fence.

Also, you might try the following for the female side: Passing the female end through once. Then, clamp a piece of stock to the fence sized such that it creates the appropriate female opening.

If you're having trouble sizing the male side, you might try using a tenoning jig if your stock is not too big. I have never build one, but a quality tenoning jig can be found here: Quick-set tenon jig

You could probably also make a sled of some sort to use in your router table's t-track (if you have a t-track in your router table) to cut the male side.

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Welcome to the forum.

This is the method I use and have no problem.

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Default Sliding Dovetails

Thanks for the inputs. I'll probably see more in the coming days.
I'll continue to pursue the problem.

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