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dovetailing machine capabilities10/27
I have a question regarding industrial dovetailing machines (Omec, Cantek, etc.), namely, can any of them do straight, through dovetails (i.e., the kind that looks most like a hand cut dovetail).
My current understanding is that most vendors with these machines first prefer half blind because tail- and pinboards are cut simultaneously. Even those providing a through dovetail option have the tails rounded (if you are looking at the end grain of the tail).
I'm looking for a vendor who will do straight, through dovetails and finding it significantly more difficult than I imagined.
The Omec will run these. It has to be one of their cnc dovetailers.
I can't remember if the the 750 CN can do it , but I know the F 11 can.
They're not cheap though. The F 11 is a little under 50K and the 750 CN is around 30K.
You have to first run the tails with the dovetail bit then switch to a straight bit to cut your pins.
As you can see, you will have to a lot of them to make it pay.
I'm pretty sure there are some videos on youtube showing them in action.