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post #21 of 29 Old 07-18-2014, 04:13 PM
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I've been making machine cut dovetail drawer boxes for many years. In fact its pretty much the only joint I use for drawer boxes. No matter the level the project. I use all types off materials and don't know of any that I have a problem with. Keep the bits sharp and climb cut first. I've never had a white side router bit break off as stated in an earlier post.

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Plywood drawers

Tim G & MM Wood, Thanks for your reply's. It's nice to hear the voice of experience. I agree with what you are both saying. I know it is possible to make nice looking drawers from Baltic birch with a router and DT jig. I have done it myself several years ago, but I was using someone else's equipment, They turned out great. Now I have recently purchased a Summerfeld DT jig with bits and tried it myself hoping to make several drawers, but so far have had little success. I didn't notice it when I purchased this jig, but it states right in their catalog the jig is not recommended for use with plywood. I will contact Summerfeld later for an explanation. In the meantime, what type of jig do you use or recommend?
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By the way the Pictures of the drawers in your post look great.
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Cjcchuck I use a Leigh d4r. It's easy to set up. It works well and you can buy different fixtures for it. I also have a finger joint fixture. It also is easy to set up and works very well. It is pretty expensive. But Leigh makes a few different models that are also versatile and less expensive.
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I use an original version of the PC Omnijig. I cannot think of why the jig would make a difference in whether you get tear out or not on ply.
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Thanks for the info on the types of jigs you guys are using. I don't know why the type of jig would make a deference either. I contacted Summerfeld, they just said that there dovetail jig can not be used with plywood and agreed to give me a full refund. Summerfeld Tools is a good company and have always taken care of any issue I have had, so I have no negative thoughts of them. I just need to do some home work on the types of jigs that are available and will certainly look at the ones you all have mentioned. Thank again cjchuck
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The Leigh D4r looks interesting, but I would have to make a lot drawers to justify 600 bucks. It's more like 900 with accessories.........
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Thanks a whole lot for all this info guys. I have some drawers to make with BB 12MM and this has all been very informative, especially the part about climb cutting. This wood novice is just getting used to routers and had to look all that up. Makes perfect sense too.
I found a Leigh d4 for about half the price of a new d4r and can upgrade it with the d4r guides for $109
I look at those boxes above and I am sorely tempted.
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I ran into the problem of not having all the parts needed to dovetail these drawers, so I did the rabbet and dado on that 12MM. It worked great.
It takes a while to get it all together for the routered dovetails. I had a sears jig but not the right bits. I also found a hot deal on a Porter Cable jig, but need a porter cable router or adapter for that style of bushing. I need to plan this move out :)
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