Making cabinet doors
PLease help a rookie woodworker!
I am trying to make some cabinet doors. I am struggling with joining the rails & stiles.
I have tried a tongue & groove router bit set and a dado set and had horrible luck with both. I CAN NOT get a clean edge where they meet no matter what I do. Actually I can get a good joint about 1 out of 15 tries, but that is by pure luck.
I checked my table, my blade, my wood, my fence, my bits, you name it. Everything looks good but once Im done something is off & they never line up perfect
In fact, I dont even see how any joint could ever be perfect? There are so many variables & if anything is off- even by a fraction of a milimeter, it stands out & the joint looks terrible!
I dont get it? I have seen tips in videos to run a board through both ways when making the groove cut with a dado blade to ensure it is centered- BUT I cant see how that could possibly work. If it was off AT ALL on the first cut, when you flip it over and cut again, yes you center it- but now the groove is too wide, becuase you just ran it through twice! Making it worthless to hold my panel & line up with my tongue either.
When I tried a router bit, it was the same result, the tongue would never be perfect within the groove- always just a little off, and there is almost no way to hold it straight when making the tongue in the rail. The wood is just too narrow & it tilts a few degrees no matter what I do. Plus one time when I think I finally had it lined up right & successfully made two matching cuts, I carried on to the next board & it was back off again. I guess the vibrations of the router slowly pulled the bit out of place or something.
Yes, I even tried to make a jig to hold it straight & it actually came out worse then just holding it straight with my hands!
UGH! I'm about ot sell all my tools and give up!
Any advice? I have watched so many videos already & it looks so easy.. Cut the groove, cut the tongue, presto.. perfect.
WhAT am I missing???
Thanks for any tips