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I am making some smaller boxes with drawers. Rather than a butt joint on the drawers, I would like to do a sliding half dovetail.

The front and backs are only 3/8" thick, 1 1/2" tall and 4" long, the sides are 1 1/2" tall by 4" long. So, they are too small to consider holding by hand and too small for most of the coping sleds that I have seen. My "table" router is in the wing of my table saw, so i would like to use the copping sled feature of registering the work off of the fence.

Are there any jigs for holding smaller parts safely? I need to do several different sizes, so having something that can adjust is a plus.

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I am making some smaller boxes with drawers. Rather than a butt joint on the drawers, I would like to do a sliding half dovetail.

The front and backs are only 3/8" thick, 1 1/2" tall and 4" long, the sides are 1 1/2" tall by 4" long. So, they are too small to consider holding by hand and too small for most of the coping sleds that I have seen. My "table" router is in the wing of my table saw, so i would like to use the copping sled feature of registering the work off of the fence.

Are there any jigs for holding smaller parts safely? I need to do several different sizes, so having something that can adjust is a plus.


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If you use a sled against the fence you should be able to design it so that your piece can be clamped to it. Even if I was doing much larger pieces I would still probably clamp them like that for the added stability.

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I"ve used that joint on small drawers before on 3/8" stock. One corner, by itself (even with 1/8" dowels) seemed kinda flimsy. But once assembled, I was pleasantly surprised at just how sturdy the joinery became. You gonna like it

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Here Is a small parts jig it may work for you

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That won't work for this since none of my dovetails have a bearing, but this design is going on my to-do list. I like how it holds and positions the piece being worked on.

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Rockler has this small parts holder but at $50 I wouldn't buy it. It may give you an idea on making it.

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Cool using INCRA Build-It Jig parts

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I have a similar router set-up to yours on my table saw arms.
Here is a link to the Thread I wrote regarding a router coping sled.
http://www.routerforums.com/jigs-fix...ping-sled.html
I have used it for parts about the same size as yours.
The dark wood piece shown on your picture would be straightforward if your router axis is vertical.

For the light wood piece, :-
(i) do you have the option to set the router axis horizontal?
or
(ii) for a vertical-axis router, mount a Right Angle Fixture on the sled to support the piece. I shop-made a Fixture from the Plan associated with the INCRA Original Jig. INCRA.com also sells a Right Angle Fixture.
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That won't work for this since none of my dovetails have a bearing, but this design is going on my to-do list. I like how it holds and positions the piece being worked on.

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Can't the backside of that jig ride a fence?
The demo pic shows a bearing bit but you are not limited to only that kind.

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