Hopefully most problems with using the "Perfect Dovetails" method can be avoided if the instruction in the "How To" guides are followed. Printable guides for both the jig and the spacer methods are provided. The design tool also has extensive context-sensitive help as well as a separate help sheet.
This section provides answers to some common questions
|Should I use the spacer or jig method?||If you are going to make more than just a few joints then the jig method will prove to be quicker in the long run as well as being more reliable. You can make perfect dovetails with the spacer method, but you do need to take care (a) in checking that the boards are exactly the same width and (b) in setting the fence for each set of cuts (see the 'how to').|
|Is my bandsaw suitable?||You need a saw with the following characteristics:
|What is the maximum width joint I can cut in my bandsaw?||If you are using the spacer method then the maximum board size will be approximately the distance from the
fence to the blade when the fence is on the 'pier' side (usually the left hand side).
If you are using the jig method then you need to do a few sums:
|Why do I need to register in order to save joint and jig details?||The details are kept in a server database. Registration is necessary to prevent overuse and abuse of this facility by trolls, bots and other denizens of the net.|
|What about the security and privacy of my personal details?||No sensitive data is requested or kept - the database is just to store details of your dovetails and to allow the author to communicate with you when necessary (for important messages only - not for marketing). No access to the database is given to third parties. Passwords are subjected to one-way encryption, but there is no end-to-end encryption, so it is advisable not to use a password that you use for sensitive applications such as internet banking.|
|Is there or will there be a charge for using the system?||At present the system is completely free. However the author reserves the right to introduce an appropriate charge for certain facilities if this becomes necessary to cover the costs and time in maintaining the system for the benefit of users. Registered users will be notified in advance if a charge is to be introduced.|
Read this before posting comments
|I have a gap in my joint - what have I done wrong?||This could be down to a number of things. The main causes are:
|I still have a gap, what can I do?||Double check your jig dimensions. See the section on verifying the jig set-up in the jig how-to.|