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Advice please,
i have a Triton TRA001 router set up in a router table I made and I want to make some straight through dovetails.
Am I in order using a 1/4" shank dovetail bit in this router or is this router too powerful?
I would need to get a 1/4" collet but using the above dovetail bit allows me to use it in my other router
What size bit would I use for dovetailing 18mm ply?
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the size of the bit is up to you and if you have a better quality bit you should do fine...
just hog out the most material you can w/ a straight bit 1st...
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You need to get a 1/4" collet for your Triton anyway. You'll find lots of uses for it. I don't think bits break from too much power, they break from too high a feed rate. With a powerful router and a small bit, you won't get the audible clues from the motor slowing down that you're feeding too fast like you would with less horsepower. Just don't push too fast and you'll be fine.
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I have a Sommerfeld Katey Jig, which lets you use it on the table instead of freehand. I would not find it easy to horse that Triton around freehand on something like a PC jig. There are other, similar jigs that works the same way (Incra I think). The height of the bit is set a hair more than the thickness of the stock. The company's match bit sets make setting up a llittle easier. You can look up the jigs on YouTube.

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Thanks for your input, I will get the 1/4"collet and take it steady
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Your last word concerns me. "Ply" meaning plywood. Making dovetails in plywood with a router bit is difficult because it splinters so easily. It can be done if the plywood is high quality like Baltic Birch, but you will likely also need a sacrificial piece on both sides of the work to keep the edges of the cuts from splintering.

The other posters seem to have the rest covered well, so I'll not comment on how to cut the dovetails except to say that using big routers is going to be very tiring if you will be cutting a lot of dovetails.


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Tom, and Charley, he says its in a table. weight isnt an issue.
Cutting in ply certainly is. backing board on every single cut required.
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