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Guys the more I read into this I'm getting a little concerned about jointing . I mean I ordered an Incra RT with hopes that it would be the answer ,but now I'm reading mixed reviews .
I suspect box joints can be done on any table with the right jig , spacers etc . I seen a GI jig dedicated to making dove tails also . Then there's the router boss which looks overly complicated and I suspect very expensive .
I realize it's a lot to do with the person doing the job and practice , experience etc . But there must be better and worse ways to do it tool wise .

Any thoughts on this?

Maybe I better stick with box joints

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Guys the more I read into this I'm getting a little concerned about jointing . I mean I ordered an Incra RT with hopes that it would be the answer ,but now I'm reading mixed reviews .
I suspect box joints can be done on any table with the right jig , spacers etc . I seen a GI jig dedicated to making dove tails also . Then there's the router boss which looks overly complicated and I suspect very expensive .
I realize it's a lot to do with the person doing the job and practice , experience etc . But there must be better and worse ways to do it tool wise .

Any thoughts on this?

Maybe I better stick with box joints
When your new table arrives, you'll get it all set-up and dialed in. Right? You'll watch the DVD. You'll read through the template guide. You get some scrap 1x4 pine and start practicing. At least that's what I'm going to do
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There are a couple things that are confusing at first, but once you get it you got it.

Another thing that you might enjoy is learning to cut them by hand. Doing it that way gave me a clearer understanding of how the jig should work.

I think it was Matt from Matt`s Basement WS who once decidec to cut one hand dove tail every day.

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Well guys I should have been a millwright . I had an idea last night as I haven't seen a RT yet with a stepper motor running lead screws on each side to guide a fence . I suspect with a laptop or other support electronics such as a measly computer stamp a person could have programmed a fence to move in .001 steps with ease and been rock solid with no deflection whatsoever
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Well guys I should have been a millwright . I had an idea last night as I haven't seen a RT yet with a stepper motor running lead screws on each side to guide a fence . I suspect with a laptop or other support electronics such as a measly computer stamp a person could have programmed a fence to move in .001 steps with ease and been rock solid with no deflection whatsoever
Maybe something like this?
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There are a couple things that are confusing at first, but once you get it you got it.

Another thing that you might enjoy is learning to cut them by hand. Doing it that way gave me a clearer understanding of how the jig should work.

I think it was Matt from Matt`s Basement WS who once decidec to cut one hand dove tail every day.
Fred - very good point about cutting dovetails by hand. It would definitely give an appreciation for what the machines can do in terms of speed and, like you said, help to provide a better understanding of what the machines are supposed to do. Also, cutting one a day, that would get one skilled in hurry.
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When you say by hand , is that using a router following a jig ? I hope it's not free hand with a wood file following a pencil trace lol
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Good example of hand cut dovetails here. For me one of the most important thing is to mark the boards well. After messing up several, thinking it was no problem to keep track, I try to do it every time now. Keeping tack of inside and outside as well as position is easy to loose track of, at least for me it is. Takes the wind out of your sails when you find out you have tails on one end of a board and pins on the other.
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Well guys I should have been a millwright . I had an idea last night as I haven't seen a RT yet with a stepper motor running lead screws on each side to guide a fence . I suspect with a laptop or other support electronics such as a measly computer stamp a person could have programmed a fence to move in .001 steps with ease and been rock solid with no deflection whatsoever
Hopefully at far better price than:

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Hopefully at far better price than:

Ready 2 Rout Electronic Fence Positioner with Free Touch Plate

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Ah now ya tell me! ^^^
J/k cool concept though . I would design something with a lot more travel , like 25"s and more industrial looking . But it would cost a few G knowing me

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