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Offline joemodern

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Blum Tandem and Dovetails
« on: July 07, 2019, 04:51 PM »
I have a Leigh dovetail jig I've used for about a half dozen previous projects with good results when using side mounted slides. I've started using Blum Tandem slides and wanted to see if anyone uses them with dovetailed drawers and how you approach the notch in the rear. The first time I did the drawers as usual and then cut the notch with both a router and table saw. Most of the pins were blown off and while I could glue them back on it was not acceptable for sure.

New plan would be to have the back 2/4 inch more narrow for the mount plus the bottom, then lay the dovetails out so the lowest one on the other joints match the rear. Seems like it would work and I'll do some test runs of course.

How do you all approach this?

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Offline denovo

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Re: Blum Tandem and Dovetails
« Reply #1 on: July 07, 2019, 05:15 PM »
I assemble the drawers and then cut the notches for the tandem blum slides using a router table with spiral bit.

Offline neilc

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Re: Blum Tandem and Dovetails
« Reply #2 on: July 07, 2019, 06:04 PM »
I just use a pull saw with multiple kerfs and open them up with a chisel.  Works great. 

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Offline Rollin22Petes

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Re: Blum Tandem and Dovetails
« Reply #3 on: July 07, 2019, 06:11 PM »
I use a dado stack.

Offline joemodern

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Re: Blum Tandem and Dovetails
« Reply #4 on: July 07, 2019, 06:46 PM »
Guess I'll try again with a spiral bit and see if it doesn't tear out less.

Offline kcufstoidi

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Re: Blum Tandem and Dovetails
« Reply #5 on: July 07, 2019, 07:34 PM »
Use 1/2 blind dovetails, then a dado blade to notch after assembly should eliminate your problem.