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CRAFTSMAN 17125455 Operating Instructions Manual

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iNDUSTRiAL DOVETAIL JIG
IMPORTANT:.
The fo!lowing
router
bits are required
for use
with this jig-
• VA #22437,
or MAGNA
#M 910t6,
1/4" Straight
Router
Bit, and
VA #22501,
or MAGNA
#M91114,
9t16" Dovetail
Router
Bit
which are used for THROUGH
or OPEN JOINTS.
• VA #22500,
or MAGNA
#M91113,
1t2" Dovetail
Router
Bit,
which
is used for all HALF
BLIND
JOINTS.
17125455
WARNING:
Beforeoperating product, readthis
manualand follow all its Safetyand
OperatingInstructions.

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  • Page 1

    iNDUSTRiAL DOVETAIL JIG IMPORTANT:. The fo!lowing router bits are required for use with this jig- 17125455 • VA #22437, or MAGNA #M 910t6, 1/4" Straight Router Bit, and VA #22501, or MAGNA #M91114, 9t16" Dovetail Router which are used for THROUGH or OPEN JOINTS.

  • Page 2

    General Safety Instructions for Power Tools .......... Additional Safety Instructions for Industrial Dovetail Jig ...... Introduction .................... Unpacking and Checking Contents ............Assembly ............. Assembly of the Right Side Template Support to the Dovetail Base ....6 Assembly of the Top Clamping Bar to the Dovetail Base ........

  • Page 3: Tools

    SAFETY GUIDELINES - DEFINITIONS This manual contains informa- I CAUTION] IADANGER I tion that is important for you to INFORMATION FORPREVENTING know and understand. This URGENT SAFETYINFORMATION-A HAZARD THATWILLCAUSE SERF DAMAGE TOEQUIPMENT information relates to protect- OtIS INJURYORLOSSOFLIFE ing YOUR SAFETY PREVENTING EQUIPMENT [ NoTE ]...

  • Page 4: Dovetail Jig

    21. Direction of feed 16. Disconnect tools before servicing Feed work into a blade or Cutter AGAINST the Before servicing, when changing accessories direction of rotation of the blade or cutter only such as blades, bits, cutters, etc 22. Never leave tool running unattended 17.

  • Page 5

    17 NEVER LIFT THE ROUTER UPWARDS WHEN 16 L'_WARNING_ ALWAYS UNPLUG THE ROUTER IS "ON", THE ROUTER BtT IS ROTATING, AND THE GUIDE BUSHING IS NEAR ROUTER FROM THE ELECTRICAL OUTLET OR TOUCHING THE TEMPLATE, BECAUSE THIS BEFORE INSTALLING OR REMOVING ROUTER WILL CAUSE THE ROUTER BIT TO CUT INTO BITS FROM THE ROUTER...

  • Page 6

    ALTHOUGH YOUR INDUSTRIAL DOVETAIL JIG PROCEED TO THE SECTION ALIGNMENT OF COMES A SSEMBLED, THEFOLLOWING ASSEM- THE TEMPLATES AND THEN CONTINUE WITH BLY INSTRUCTIONS ARE BEING INCLUDED FOR THE SECTIONS FOLLOWING ALIGNMENT OF REFERENCE PURPOSES SHOULD IT BECOME THE TEMPLATES NECESSARY FOR YOU TO DISASSEMBLE AND THE TEMPLATES MUST BE ALIGNED BEFORE REASSEMBLE THE DOVETAIL JIG...

  • Page 7

    !UrpS Alig n thenut s othat t hecomers ofthenu_ a reverti- lhe base as shown to hold the template support in place calfy line_J Up asshown Note thealignment ofthehex Securely tighten thenut and screw • pocket inlhetemplate support The bolt s hould b efree to 8 The template support should...

  • Page 8

    6 Place a n11/32" ID X7/8" O D washer and then a FIGURE 5/16" I D X7/8" OD thick nylon w asher over t he boltIt will b enecessary tohold the boil i nplace w hen p erforming NOTCH IN RIB this and thefollowing steps HELPFUL HINTS: Position thebolt a nd thebolt s upport under thenotch i ntheribasshown i nFigure 5 ,tohelp...

  • Page 9

    FIGURE 7 CLAMPING BAR PARALLEL TOP OF BASE SPACING TO BE / / APPROXIMATELY t -112" ASSEMBLY OF THE FRONT CLAMPING DOVETAIL BASE t Assemble the front clamping bar !o the front of the dove- Figure 8 The 5/16-18 X 4-1/2" long round head square neck bolts are used tail base following...

  • Page 10: And Pivot Shaft To The Dovetail Base

    ASSEMBLY OFTHECAMHANDLES A NDPIVOT SHAFT TOTHEDOVETAIL BASE • After the cam handles and pivot shaft have been assem _ 1 Assemble one of the cam handles to the pivot shaft bled to the base, it wil! be possible to accurately position using a #10-32 x 5/8"...

  • Page 11

    7 Loosen thescrew about oneturnRemove theretainer THE RETAINER RELATIVE TO THE CAM HANDLE WITH from the shaft and setitaside t emporarily SCREW MUST BE AS SHOWN 8 Assernble thepivot shaft with cam handle tothebase by NOTE: THE RETAINER MAY FIT TIGHTLY ON THE inserting theend ofthe pivot s haft through the holes i nthe PIVOT...

  • Page 12

    13With thecam handle pushed inagainst the base, of the cam handle fits into the hole in the base position theretainer agains! the side wall o fthe base, as 16 Tighten the screw securely shown i nFigure 1 3The retainer should b arely t ouch the 17 Rotate one of the cam handles-It should...

  • Page 13: Base

    ASSEMBLY OF THE FRONT STOP BLOCKS DOVETAIL BASE 1 Assemble the front stop blocks to the front of the dove- the front of the base The stop block will fit into the slot in tail base, at each end, using #10-32 x 5/8" long flathead one position only machine...

  • Page 14: Base

    ASSEMBLY OF THE STOP BLOCKS TO THE DOVETAIL BASE • The top stop blocks are assembled to the top of the screw, as shown in Figure t6 The screw threads into the hole in the bottom of the slot dovetail base in one of two ways depending upon which 3 Make sure that the "A"...

  • Page 15

    ASSEMBLY OF THE TEMPLATES 3 MAKE SURE THAT THE TEMPLATE BRACKETS • Ptace the template stiffener into the rectangular slot in the ASSEMBLED TO THE UNDERNEATH SIDE OF THE underneath side of the template, as shown in Figure 16 NOTE: THE TEMPLATE FOR cUTTING HALF-BLIND...

  • Page 16

    ALIGNMENT OFTHETEMPLATES • In order for the Dovetail Jig to function properly, it is For initia! setup, Allow the legs of the template bracket "bottom out" in the slots in the template supports necessary' for the templates to be aligned with respect to dovetail base...

  • Page 17

    FIGURE DISTANCE BETWEN THESE SURFACES MUST BE EQUAL AT BOTH ENDS TEMPLATE BRACKET CONDITION ONE: TEMPLATE BRACKETS PROTRUDE BEYOND TEMPLATES FIGURE TEMPLATE BRACKET CONDITION TWO: TEMPLATE PROTRUDES BEYOND TEMPLATES BRACKETS FIGURE TEMPLATE ________---_ AT BOTH ENDS olio -TEMPLATE BRACKET CONDITION THREE: TEMPLATE EVEN WITH TEMPLATE BRACKETS...

  • Page 18: To The Router

    4 After thetemplate brackets have been c orrectly posi- ADJUSTMENTS MAY BE REQUIRED HOW TO MAKE tioned o nthetemplate securely tighten the four screws THESE ADJUSTMENTS IS EXPLAINED IN TWO OF THE holding FOLLOWING SECTIONS: "TROUBLESHOOTING t he template brackets to the template HALF BLIND JOINTS"...

  • Page 19

    5 If the screws look like Screw "a" or Screw "b", use either 7 If the screws look like Screw "c", use either three or four three or four of the 13/64" ID x 15/32" OD washers when of the bushings with an 11/64"...

  • Page 20

    The figures b elow show the views o fthe adapter plate asit toward the front of the router) would appear when installed ona router with therouter 11 Line-up the center of the hole in the adapter plate with turned o ver w ith therouter base f acing u pward the collet hole in the router This will ensure accurate cuts...

  • Page 21

    ASSEMBLY OF THE GUIDE BUSHING TO THE ROUTER 1 Place the router upside down on a flat surface For cer- 4 Position the guide bushing so that the three threaded tain touters it may be necessary to support the router for it holes in the guide bushing line-up with the countersunk to remain in this position...

  • Page 22

    2 Remove the template assembly from the dovetail base if [J_"]"m_WARNING' THE DOVETAIL JiG MUST ALWAYS there is one there currently BE FIRMLY AND SECURELY MOUNTED TO A SOLID 3 Ddll three 1/8" diameter holes, 3/4" deep into the mount- ing board as shown in illustration AND FIRM WORK SURFACE,...

  • Page 23

    FIGURE CLAMP HERE FRONT SURFACE OF THE MOUNT- CLAMP HERE ING BOARD FRONT SURFACE OF THE WORKBENCH FRONT SURFACE OF THE BASE FIGURE FRONT SURFACE OF THE BASE FRONT SURFACE OF THE MOUNTING BOARD FRONT SURFACE OF THE WORKBENCH...

  • Page 24

    STYLES OF DOVETAIL JOINTS • Four different styles of dovetail joints can be made with the Dovetail Jig using your router • These joints are described in the following sections NOTE: THE NORMAL DEPTH OF CUT FOR A HALF Haft Blind Flush Joint...

  • Page 25

    See Figure 38 Half Btin d Flush Offset Joint *To obtain the offset, cut a 1/16" deep by 3/8" wide rabbet o The Half Blind'Flush Offset JOint is used when_ on the opposite ends on the inside of the drawer front The height of both the drawer front and the drawer back is...

  • Page 26

    NOTE: THE DEPTH OF CUT IS DETERMINED BY THE Open or Through Joint THICKNESSES OF THE FRONT, BACK AND SIDE • The Open or Through Joint is similar to the Half Blind PIECE& Joint except that joint seams are visible on the front, back, •...

  • Page 27

    4 Gradually move the router bit outward, by using the l,t_ I_._,CAUTION i WHEN SETTING THE DEPTH depth-of-cut feature on the router, until the tip of the router bit touches the bottom of the pocket, as shown CUT, MAKE ABSOLUTELY SURE THAT THE COLLET Figure 42 and Figure 42A NUT DOES NOT CONTACT...

  • Page 28: Base

    CLAMPING WORKPIECES TO THE ing bolts and springs are free to be moved atong the slots in the base DOVETAIL BASE • CAUTION: WHEN CLAMPING, MAKE SURE THAT THE - The clamping bars have been specially designed to allow CLAMPING KNOBS ARE NOT POSITIONED SO CLOSE...

  • Page 29: Joints

    MAKING DRAWERS WITH HALF BLIND shows the workpieces unassembled (or an exploded view FLUSH JOINTS of the drawer) • In addition, the figure shows where the four comers • The thickness of both the front and back (pin pieces) the drawer are cut on the Dovetail must be at least 1/2"...

  • Page 30

    GENERAL PREPARATIONS positioning the workpieces on the Dovetail Jig, prior to cut- a The workpieces comprising the drawer, ting the dovetails that is, front, e Assemble the 40" guide bushing to the router base- back, ]eft side, and right side should be cut to the proper plate, as described in a previous...

  • Page 31

    g Adjust thedepth o fcutto3/8" using t he depth g auge o n h Position both ofthetop stop blocks s othatthe "A" faces the"middle ofthebase" asshown i nFigure 4 8 the base oftheDovetail Jig, a sdescribed ina previous section i Position thecam handle sothat t hepointer points t othe This setting i sapproximate and some a djustment may be...

  • Page 32

    FIGURE / DOVETAIL TEMPLATE /" FOR HALF BLIND JOINT WASHER 8 Assembfe the DOVETAIL TEMPLATE FOR HALF BLIND _'_')L],,M,WARNING, NEVER LIFT THE ROUTER JOINTS to the Dovetait Jig so that THE TEMPLATE BRACKETS FiT BETWEEN THE WASHERS AND THE UPWARDS WHEN THE ROUTER IS ON AND THE TEMPLATE...

  • Page 33

    THE INSIDE OF THE DRAWER SIDE FACES UP The 18 Remove the workpieces from the Dovetail ,Jig and check how the workpieces fit together Some adjustments words "INSIDE SURFACE" marked in (d) in the Section, may be required GENERAL PREPARATIONS, should be visible Refer to the section TROUBLESHOOTING on page 37...

  • Page 34

    THE FOLLOWING DESCRIBES THE PROCEDURE • After the cut has been made, the workpieces should fook BEFOLLOWED FOR CUTTING CORNERS 2AND 4 Iike those illustrated in Figure 53 CORNERS 2AND 4 arecutinthesame w ay as1and 3 • The finished front, back, and sides should look iike those in Figure 46 except...

  • Page 35: Offset Joints

    MAKING DRAWERS WITH HALF BLIND FLUSH RGURE OFFSET JOINTS "A" FACES \ BACK OF GENERAL PREPARATIONS MIDDLE OF BASE \\ THE BASE a The iength of the drawer front is 1/8" Ionger than the length of the drawer back b When cutting comers 1 and 4;...

  • Page 36

    THE PROCEDURE FOR CUTTING CORNERS 1 AND 4 MAKING DRAWERS WITH HALF BLIND IS THE SAME AS THAT USED FOR "MAKING DRAW- RABBETED JOINTS ERS WITH HALF BLIND FLUSH JOINTS" EXCEPT GENERAL PREPARATIONS ° Position BOTH top stop blocks so that the "B" faces the a The length of the drawer front is 3/4"...

  • Page 37: Joints

    RGURE 58 - JOINT IS TOO SHALLOW TROUBLESHOOTING o If the joint is too loose: INCREASE the depth of cut by INCREASING the amount by which the router bit extends DRAWER FRONT beyond the baseplate by t/64" to 1/32" and make a trial Continue adjusting until desired...

  • Page 38

    GENERAL PREPARATIONS MAKING PROJECTS WITH OPEN (THROUGH) JOINTS a. The workpieces comprising the project, that is, front, back, left side and right side should be cut to the proper • The thickness of both the front and the back (tail pieces) length, width and thickness(es) must be between 3/8"...

  • Page 39

    FIGURE MARl,( "PROJECT FRONT TOP SURFACE" \ MARl( "1" / MARK "PROJECT LEFT SIDE TOP SURFACE" MAflK"PROJECTFRONTOUTSIDE SURFACE" (SHOWN HIDDEN) MARt( "PROJECT RIGHT SIDE OUTSIDE SURFACE" (SHOWN HIDDEN) MARK "PROJECT BACKTOP SURFACE" MARK MARt( "PROJECT LEFT SIDE OUTSIDE MARK "PROJECT SURFACE"...

  • Page 40

    3 Adjust thedepth o fcutThe depth o fcutforanOPEN NOTE: BACK-UP BOARDS ARE USED TO MINIMIZE DOVETAIL JOINT i sequal tothe thickness ofthe mating SPLINTERING OF PROJECT PIECES AND TO KEEP partThat i s: ROUTER BIT FROM DAMAGING THE DOVETAIL JIG., FOR CORNER #1OF THE PROJECT RIGHT S IDE...

  • Page 41

    13Make s ure that t he template is oriented as shown in THIS CAN CAUSE DAMAGE TO THE DOVETAIL JIG; Figure 65 OR LOSS OF CONTROL OF THE ROUTER WHICH 14 Make sure that the template is flush and paraIlel with RESULT IN SERIOUS BODILY...

  • Page 42

    FIGURE .TOP BACK-UP BOARD TOP OF THE BASE {J/'_'_. / AUXILIARY TEMPLATE SUP- .., / PonT,As NEEOED R_GHTS_DE_ VI ,_ii / i:P _ /t U2, "OUTSIDE SURFACE" SHOULD BE " ° VISIBLE ON THIS SURFACE BEFORE PosmONING THE FRONT BACK-UP BOARD [,_CAUTION NEVER LIFT THE ROUTER...

  • Page 43

    THE FOLLOWING DESCRIBES THE PROCEDURE CAUSE DAMAGE TO THE TEMPLATE TO CORRECT BE FOLLOWED FOR CU'i-FING THE PROJECT FRONT THIS S_TUATION OR PREVENT }T FROM OCCURRING, AND BACK REPOSITION THE ROUTER BIT IN THE ROUTER 3 Adjust the depth of cut The depth of cut for an OPEN NOTE: Any joint fit adjustments...

  • Page 44

    FIGURE 6 Ughtiy clamp the back-up board in place iWI'_cAUTION I BEFORE MAKING CUTS MAKE 7 Posilion the project front (or back) against the front of the base so that the top surface abuts the left front stop SURE THAT THE BIT WILL NOT INTO THE BASE...

  • Page 45

    the base so that the top surface abuts the right front stop [_CAUTION NEVER LIFT THE ROUTER block The use of a front back-up board at this step is also recommended., tt is positioned between UPWARDS WHEN ROUTER IS ON AND drawer front (or back) and the clamping bar as shown...

  • Page 46

    TROUBLESHOOTING FIGURE 72 - JOINT tS TOO SHALLOW • If the joint is too loose: This adjustment can only be PRoJ FRONT EXTENDS FRONT PAST SIDE made when cutting either the front or the back (tail pieces) Loosen the clamping knobs holding the template brackets...

  • Page 47

    PARTS L IST FOR VERMONT AMERICAN INDUSTRIAL DOVETAIL JIG MODEL NO,,23461 PART No, DEscRIPTION ! QT¥ PART NO. DESCR|PTtON 29LD-87g-I Detuxe Dovetail Base i- 1 29L-489-13 #!O*32XS/8"lg Panhoad Machine Screw ._4_ 29LD_880q Dove| aiLTem_lat e LB.rmd J_n!) .... 29L-469-14 #10-32 X 3/8" Ig. Panhead Machine Screw 29LD-881-1...

  • Page 48

    BASE ASSEMBLY TEMPLATE SUPPORT ASSEMBLY...

  • Page 49

    CLAMPING ASSEMBLY ROUTER ADAPTER PLATE...

  • Page 50

    TEMPLATES ..o,, FASTENERS @® ®@@...

  • Page 52

    To obtain a copy of this Manual in French, call the following toll4ree number 1-800-742_3869 To obtain a copy of this Manual in Spanish, calt the following toll-free number 1-800-742-3869 When corresponding, always give the following information as shown in the list 1 The PART NUMBER Printed in U_SoAo 2 The PART DESCRIPTION...

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