Dovetail Joints on a Lenco plinth

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Dovetail Joints on a Lenco plinth

Postby odaey » Mon Sep 06, 2010 10:30 pm

Latest turntable project went on hold while waiting for some parts to arrive.
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Took the opportunity to try out a dovetailing jig I bought early this year. Did practice runs on some blemished wood before using good lumber I've been saving.
The finished product came out better than what I expected. Sounds good too!
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Tails and Pins

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Assembled joints
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Finished plinth
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Woodframe is kamagong and the wood bordering the top plate is Balayong (highly favored by the old folks of batangas over Narra). No special coat other than regular oiling.
Tonearm is stock and was originally intended for the trash bin. Last year, Mandym paid me a visit and volunteered to give it a try in reconditioning it then gave it back to me as a christmas gift. Can't believe how something so clunky looking could sound that good.
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Re: Dovetail Joints on a Lenco plinth

Postby hypertriode » Mon Sep 06, 2010 10:52 pm

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Re: Dovetail Joints on a Lenco plinth

Postby dimfer » Mon Sep 06, 2010 10:59 pm

very nice :clap:
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Re: Dovetail Joints on a Lenco plinth

Postby Mamimili » Mon Sep 06, 2010 11:27 pm

A Beauty :clap: :clap: :clap:

Where did you get the jig from?
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Re: Dovetail Joints on a Lenco plinth

Postby kabubi » Mon Sep 06, 2010 11:36 pm

oooohhhhh...Doc Rodney!

you're making me very ENVIOUS of your Lencos :envy: :envy: :envy:
(envy is not a good thing in Wiredstate, now is it?)

looking closely at your pictures, i spy that you already have at least two Lencos. bangis!
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Re: Dovetail Joints on a Lenco plinth

Postby Superman » Tue Sep 07, 2010 12:32 am

CONGRATULATIONS Doc! :D
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Re: Dovetail Joints on a Lenco plinth

Postby setup2 » Tue Sep 07, 2010 2:47 am

Nice work!!! :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Re: Dovetail Joints on a Lenco plinth

Postby dogears » Tue Sep 07, 2010 8:41 am

Great job Chief!
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Re: Dovetail Joints on a Lenco plinth

Postby odaey » Tue Sep 07, 2010 1:49 pm

Thanks to All of you guys for the kind words :)

Mamimili,

Got the jig from Home Depot. There may be jigs that could be cheaper but It was the lowest price I could find. One router bit was included in the kit.
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Re: Dovetail Joints on a Lenco plinth

Postby timber715 » Tue Sep 07, 2010 2:54 pm

very nice half blind dovetails sir, I presume the pins and tails were done in a single pass? did you get the jig locally? my friends would love to have one of those. and from your pictures, it seems that it can be used on the router table as well.
congratulations on your plinth and the great work sir... not only are they pretty, the joints are designed to last longer that us... :geek:
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Re: Dovetail Joints on a Lenco plinth

Postby Mamimili » Tue Sep 07, 2010 4:04 pm

odaey wrote:Thanks to All of you guys for the kind words :)

Mamimili,

Got the jig from Home Depot. There may be jigs that could be cheaper but It was the lowest price I could find. One router bit was included in the kit.
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Thank you! I now feel the need to visit a mall (a rare thing these days) as my poor Lenco still awaits a plinth
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Re: Dovetail Joints on a Lenco plinth

Postby odaey » Tue Sep 07, 2010 4:27 pm

timber715 wrote:very nice half blind dovetails sir, I presume the pins and tails were done in a single pass? did you get the jig locally? my friends would love to have one of those. and from your pictures, it seems that it can be used on the router table as well.
congratulations on your plinth and the great work sir... not only are they pretty, the joints are designed to last longer that us... :geek:


Thanks! I am very flattered to hear such encouraging words from the wood working master himself :)

It's my first time to do a dovetail joint. A second pass is actually encouraged to smoothen the edges. It became half blind because it was the only bit included in the kit and the wood that I had was oversized 3/4. :lol:

I got the jig from a Home Depot branch in Alexandria, VA while hunting for some tiger maple boards. I am just not sure if it is available locally but it should. It is quite versatile as it can be used on an ordinary table and a router table as well. It's easy to use especially for beginers like me and a cheap one at that.

Here's a link to how it works:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7QtPXAHi ... re=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=neN9vpjo ... re=related
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Re: Dovetail Joints on a Lenco plinth

Postby T-Rex » Tue Sep 07, 2010 4:48 pm

Good Share :clap:
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Re: Dovetail Joints on a Lenco plinth

Postby audiostar » Tue Sep 07, 2010 5:00 pm

Ganda :) Congrats Doc :clap:
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Re: Dovetail Joints on a Lenco plinth

Postby timber715 » Tue Sep 07, 2010 6:26 pm

It's my first time to do a dovetail joint. A second pass is actually encouraged to smoothen the edges. It became half blind because it was the only bit included in the kit and the wood that I had was oversized 3/4.

hehehe, anyway the half blind dovetails seem to look much better on projects as such... the half blind dovetails is so much nicer in lots of ways and is often harder to perfect.
I can hardly miss a thread that has dovetails in the title... :) it is like a magnet for me :geek: :geek:
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Re: Dovetail Joints on a Lenco plinth

Postby darvin2138 » Tue Sep 07, 2010 11:19 pm

Nice! I like the grain of that specie and good choice of finish...you can see the beautiful character of Kamagong.... ;)
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Re: Dovetail Joints on a Lenco plinth

Postby odaey » Wed Sep 08, 2010 8:11 am

Rex, Boss Val, Thanks :)

darvin,

Nagulat din ako at how intense the red came out when I applied oil. first time I've seen this variety of kamagong (if ever it is kamagong). The wood board itself isn't perfect, has very fine/small cracks but it seems to add character to the wood.
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Re: Dovetail Joints on a Lenco plinth

Postby odaey » Wed Sep 08, 2010 8:15 am

timber715 wrote:
It's my first time to do a dovetail joint. A second pass is actually encouraged to smoothen the edges. It became half blind because it was the only bit included in the kit and the wood that I had was oversized 3/4.

hehehe, anyway the half blind dovetails seem to look much better on projects as such... the half blind dovetails is so much nicer in lots of ways and is often harder to perfect.
I can hardly miss a thread that has dovetails in the title... :) it is like a magnet for me :geek: :geek:


Two of the joints came out a bit loose than I wanted so I cheated a little by applying turbo glue on the inside of the loose joints to maintain the right angle. It might not be acceptable for you purists.
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Re: Dovetail Joints on a Lenco plinth

Postby darvin2138 » Wed Sep 08, 2010 8:39 am

odaey wrote:
The wood board itself isn't perfect, has very fine/small cracks but it seems to add character to the wood.


It will add more character on the wood... :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Re: Dovetail Joints on a Lenco plinth

Postby alexg » Wed Sep 08, 2010 9:34 am

odaey wrote:Thanks to All of you guys for the kind words :)

Mamimili,

Got the jig from Home Depot. There may be jigs that could be cheaper but It was the lowest price I could find. One router bit was included in the kit.
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Hi,

Which Home Depot? Tried looking at Alabang, they dont have it on stock.

Thanks
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