Join Date: Feb 2015
Country: United States
First Name: Rick (actually Enrico)
Rabbeted dovetails are easy, but not W/O THE RABBET
Thank you Bill,Nick, Dan and Dick for your feedback and help. Today I solved the dual problems with my set-up and was able to cut the rabbeted dovetail joint in my practice boards. I still have refinements to make, but the basic process is now understood. Essentially, problem number one was the bit height, as you suggested, because the bit slid down into the collet during tightening it.
But the second more major problem was the poor Sears instruction manual, which I tend to follow line by line. The manual was very specific about rabbet cutting all the four sides of the drawer front, but never mentioned that a rabbet cut is also required on the side board. Vola, this deepened the distance that the pins entered the slots in the drawer front to make a nice fit.
Lesson #1 is now passed.