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RogerS

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After finally getting the offset problem sorted out I tried my hand at a sliding dovetail (never made one before in my life). Absolute doddle :D

I also learned a new sound to listen out for. It's the sound that the very large 1/2" dovetail cutter makes when it starts to come loose and just before it falls out at high speed. All because I'd failed to tighten the nut sufficiently. :oops:

It will help if I have a separate collet and nut and so my question is...does anyone know where I can easily get spare collet nuts for a DW625?

Cheers

Roger (all fingers still present and correct luckily)
 

Chris Knight

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Roger,

I'm glad you sorted the offset problem - do tell us how!

Re collets, I think Trend do them. I have also used my Xtreme Xtension in the Rat and this certainly makes bit changing easy - much better than fiddling around with a normal collet.
 

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Hi Roger

You can normally get an extra collet and nut from any good tool shop.

This might remind you of grannies and eggs, if so I'm sorry, you shouldn't leave a cutter in a collet for any extended period of time.

Cheers
Neil
 

RogerS

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Chris

I spoke to Martin who was very helpful. I went back to basics. I also used a different cutter (DC3) and slightly harder wood for the test sticks. I worked out the button position as per the latest version of the manual. I didn't have a bevel gauge and so had to work it out using my caliper and Mark 1 eyeball. I made it 51mm but the Woodrat table gave 56mm. I think that 56mm is probably closer! Particularly when I then applied my 'offset' on the button scale....every little helps ;-)

Three test cuts later and a little tweaking of the spirals in between gave me a nice tight joint and zero offset. So I am one Happy Bunny.

I also do have some play between the router plate and button plate (where the orange pivot pin is). It's 0.35mm and I have no idea whether that is within tolerances or not. Multiply that by 2 (left and right cut) and potentially there is the opportunity for a variable error of 0.7mm to creep in. I've emailed Martin for his comments.


Steve - many thanks for the link


Neil - no problem...I'll suck as many eggs as I need to as long as I learn something...as in this case....never heard about that...why? rust?

Roger
 

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