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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 12-06-2007, 11:00 PM Thread Starter
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With my incra Ultra:



Looks decent right?

I’m not showing you the hammer it took to get this together… Or this:





So I learned a few things tonight.

1) If a test cut with two dovetails is a “little tight” a row of tails is going to be VERY tight. I thought I had it perfect, but this is a live and learn situation.

2) If I find pieces of poplar that are far enough away from each other in color (heart wood vs. sap wood) I won’t have to stain of dye the corner posts (I was attempting a corner post dovetail box).

Oh well, tomorrow I try again!
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Takes practice Nick but your doing great. Just need a nice slip fit... leave room for glue.

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So what you are saying Corey is no hammer should be necessary?

Thanks for the encouragement! I have plenty of wood left over to attempt a few sample corners. I'll keep this post going with my attempts.
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Hi Nick

Looking Good

Here's a little tip,, the higher the bit the tighter the fit..with a stanard dovetail bit..

I think that's right it's late

so to say drop your bit just a little bit..

Do it on a some test stock...2 or 3 dovetails will give you the fit..

It looks like you are pushing 1/2" deep , on your joints try 3/8" deep

Just a note**** look real hard at the bottom of the dovetail , it looks a little round at the end, you maybe trying to use more of the cutter than you have or to say you are running out of the cutter at the bottom part of the dovetail..

but it maybe just the picture....






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Oh well, tomorrow I try again!


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Nick, I use a different jig but same result, to tight and you will mess them pretty little joints all up putting it together. You will get it down!

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Heighten to Tighten, Lower to Loosen. Yup BJ! I think is was a little deceiving testing with 1 1/2 tails as the Incra instructions show. I'll make 3-4 next time to test the fit.

It's ok, it's cold here in NJ, we need the firewood
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BJ this is a 7.5 deg 1/4" dovetail bit. I had it set at aprox 1/4" depth. I just ran down and checked the bit package. It has a 5/16" depth of cut. Any distortion might have been from the hammering

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Tonight’s effort:



While not perfect, I at least got the bit height closer to where it should be. Maybe it was a little loose this time. I dyed the post with India Ink. Thanks for that recommendation Joe!

This boosted my confidence high enough to go out and buy another piece of lumber to try 4 sides of a box next!

I’ll report back when I have something together.
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Hi Nickbee

I'm amaze it's that black , can't wait till you use the trim bit and sand it off if it stays that black,,,if so I may just give it a shot...what are you going to use to seal it ?


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While not perfect, I at least got the bit height closer to where it should be. Maybe it was a little loose this time. I dyed the post with India Ink. Thanks for that recommendation Joe!

This boosted my confidence high enough to go out and buy another piece of lumber to try 4 sides of a box next!

I’ll report back when I have something together.



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ya,, and that was with just one coat. We'll see what happens when I sand then use danish oil followed by poly. This is a test piece so I want to try all the steps on it.
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