The trouble comes when expectations aren’t set (or met), and what should be a seamless transfer of clients becomes an attitude war. Clear expectations aren’t set when the show is dovetailed, and the consultant resents sharing the income from the show with their leader. Consultants don’t follow-up, and lose the new clients, forcing the Leader to step in, which creates friction in the organization. My grandpa was a carpenter, and explained to me long ago that dovetail joints are the strongest way to join two pieces of wood together.
The leader is the tenon, extending their clients to a consultant, acting as the mortise (the notch that receives the dovetail). TestimonialsWell, I promoted to Team Leader, went from $300 in sales in January to $2700 in sales in February and $2000 in sales in March, and have 9 new shows on my calendar!
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You can purchase Mortising bits to make clean and accurate mortise cuts.  Tenons can be made with various types of router bits or saws. Tip: Only half the width of the piece being mortised should be used to make the mortise-tenon joint. There is a wide variety of dovetail router bits that can create variying sizes of the mortise and tenons needed to create strong dovetail joints.  You can find great deals on quality dovetail bits for your Incra or Leigh machines. Dado Joints are made by cutting a slot (or Dado) into one piece of wood and the joining piece of wood into the dado.  There are several different types of dado joints. Through Dado Joints are joints where the inserted board is visible on both the outside edges of the outside board.
Dado Joints are most commonly used when making shelves, bookcases, etc.  You can make a nice clean dado cut in many different sizes with a Dado Set. Miter Joints and Rabbet joints are often combined to create a corner lock joint for drawers and box corners.  You can find qualilty Rabbeting router bits, Miter Lock Router bits and even Corner Lock Router Bits (also called drawer lock router bits) that will help make creating these joints easy. Biscuit Joints are made by creating a slot in one piece of wood and creating football-shaped plate of pressed wood to insert into the slot and join the two pieces.  Biscuit joints are great for helping to align the wood, make glue-ups, and add strength to the joint. Through housing joint The trench of the though housing goes fully across the piece of wood so the joint can be seen. What is a Halving joint?In halving joint, half the thickness of the wood is cut from each piece, forming one unit.
Through mortise and tenon jointIn a through mortise and tenon joint the end grain is visible and the joint needs accurate cutting for good appearance.
Haunched mortised and tenon jointIn order to include a strong joint at the frame, a haunch is introduced to the joint. Double mortise and tenon jointThis joint gives excellent strength and is used where the mortise is cut into the face rather than the edge of the wood. Dowelled butt jointThis style of butt joint is the simplest of all methods of joining two pieces wood together.
Dowelled mitred butt joint A mitre joint is a form of decorative butt joint which no end grain is visible.
I cut my last set of dovetails about seven months ago (July 2008) for the medium-sized toolbox. A well-built dovetail drawer is not only incredibly strong and long-lasting, but is aesthetically beautiful. Dovetail drawers engineered in Toolbox are fully parametric and include many configuration options that allow you to produce the perfect look and construction.
With Microvellum you can have your library - catalog tailored, create work orders, schedule projects, order and maintain materials, work with any number of your machines and assembly centers, track it through your plant, quality control aides, finishing reports, packaging, and delivery reports. In our last post, we discussed how the log exterior could be accompanied by other details like stone and stucco. If you like the looks of our rounded Contour profile on the outside of a log home but want a neater finish on the inside of the home, then the V-groove style is just for you. If the squared-off log look is something you desire for both your exterior and interior walls, then consider the dovetail look.
If you like the looks of a clapboard-sided house but want the benefits of a log home, then look no further than our Clapboard logs.
If you are looking for the ultimate in classic style log homes, then consider our Swedish Cope log profile.
Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. The bottom line is that if MLCS provided a beefed up system for holding the stock in place, even if those improvements cost a few extra dollars, I would have given this item 5 stars. MLCS NOTE: As noted in the Instruction Manual included with this product, additional spacers can be used when thin stock cannot be clamped due to the positioning and size of knobs.
Since you cut both sides of the half-blind dovetail joint at the same time, a perfect fit is assured for this joint.

See additional half blind, through and box joint templates for the MLCS Jig by clicking the tab above.
This dovetail jig works well but it took a long time to set up, but once I got it set up it worked well for the price. I have clarified instruction issues and I should have been a little more specific in my review. Well, I’m back here at home in Florida after a whirlwind weekend of woodworking (I love the alliteration) at the Woodworking in America conference. They’re also a bit complicated and time consuming to create, but worth the effort if done well.
Where the notch (called a mortise) receives the tab (called a tenon), you create a dovetail joint. I have cabinets that have lost their bottoms, their knobs, and even other parts, but those dovetail joints are solid. Let them know that they have demonstrated a level of responsibility in building their business, and you’d like to reward them from your abundance by sharing a show or two with them. Unless this is an established consultant, and you are sharing a show because of a scheduling conflict, it is incumbent upon you, as the leader, to make sure your consultant knows how to appreciate and fully utilize the gift they’ve been given. I can’t wait to see what you have in store for the rest of the year.Lara HallFun Parties by LaraBefore I started getting Lisa's power-packed newsletter, the best way to describe my business was just starting out, needing any and every bit of advice I could get!
Without her, our Simpleology Business Coaching program would not be anywhere near as good as it is. Please upgrade to a different browser or install Google Chrome Frame to better experience this site. Extra strength is created by the dovetail slope on one side giving it more holding power then the through housing.
The depth of the mortise should be three-quarters of the thickness of the wood being joined. However the strength of the joint relies entirely on the glue and any additional fixings such as screws, pins, nails, tongues, biscuits, corner blocks or in this case the dowels used to strengthen, reinforce and hold the wood together. I worried that I may be getting rusty, so I decided to practice by making a small box with dovetail joinery.
The tails were rather tightly spaced that I was barely able to slip a 4.5mm chisel in between them. Creating dovetail drawers by hand is a timeless skill that can now be automated through software. For years we had one database for estimating and one for production, not to mention our submittal drawings were just drawings. After posting, we realized that we have yet to devote a post to discussing the various log profiles we offer.
This style utilizes an eight inch square log, with the top and bottoms flattened except for a tongue and groove system to lock the logs together. These logs share the same features as the contour logs, with the same eight inch square profile and fast tongue and groove mounting system. These 11-inch high logs look the same as our Contour and V-groove logs, but feature a flat surface on both exposed sides. This profile also uses a 8-inch profile log and assembles like our other logs, but features a clapboard profile on the exterior with a 3.5-inch reveal.
This profile uses an eight, nine, or ten-inch log diameter, and the entire log is used with only the bottom of each log coped in order to fit snuggly with the log below.
I actually had to download the instructions for the Porter Cable dovetail machine and templates to figure out how to use the MLCS System. Our technical department also provided the customer other options for resolving this issue with his particular application. Create decorative and secure half-blind or Rabbeted half-blind dovetail joints on small drawers or boxes. Make a classic through dovetail joint, a joint that is the hallmark of fine craftsmanship, with our 2 pc accessory templates. I would recommend this jig if you were not going to use it very much because it is fairly time consuming to use. When properly constructed, it is incredibly strong, resists coming apart, and is often used in high-quality construction of cabinet drawers. This is a gift that you extend as a courtesy for their demonstrated efforts at building their own business. In exchange for giving them your clients, at the minimum, you need to set an expectation that there will be some form of compensation. The BEST piece of advice Lisa gave me was the article about "5 secrets to book your calendar", hard to choose one, I have used them all! When I give them the advice I have taken from the newsletters, I sound as if I have been doing this for years! Similar to the stopped housing joint no part of the joint is visible from the front because the joint is completely concealed.

This joint looks attractive and, if well made, the decorative quality can be used to enhance projects.
It is often used instead of the mortise and tenon joint if cost is a consideration in the assembly of the work. Cutting the pins required some concentration since any small deviation in the saw cut would have resulted in very visible mistakes. Dovetail drawers created in Toolbox are machine-ready and can be optimized for nested based manufacturing.
Now with Microvellum being integrated, our estimators use the same database as engineering and our submittal drawings are our engineered products. Nothing worse than duplicating work or having your departments having to translate each other’s work from one step to the next. While the external accents of stone and stucco are nice additions to the log home, the appeal of the logs themselves are what attract us all to the log home design. The result of this system is a classic, rounded log profile with a more uniform appearance than traditional logs. In this style, however, the interior surface has also been made flat, for a clean interior look.
The interior has a flat surface similar to the V-groove style, while the corners have a contemporary square profile.
The corners of our Swedish Cope log homes feature saddle-notch construction, enhancing the traditional appeal of this style. Although the products are quite different those instructions supplemented those that came with the system. Self-spacing edge guides are included to provide the proper offset for precision joint alignment. Offer the dovetail in exchange for some one-on-one practice with their booking talk, or whatever area of their business needs improvement. Dowel holes must be a perfect 90 degrees to the face of the work or the dowel will twist when it is assembled. The joint is usually reinforced with pins, nails, or in this case dowels to improve its strength. Having said that, I made a few mistakes, but the end result still looks decent after some minor repairs. Producing dovetail drawers on a CNC produces a much higher quality finished product and unmatched accuracy. Therefore, we decided to talk in this post about log profiles we offer and to share a few examples of each. The tongue and groove system allows our houses to be rapidly constructed once on the building site, while providing structural integrity to the home. Because the knobs are metric, the only source I was able to find was by calling MLCS, which, thankfully, is able to provide replacements at a reasonable cost. Leaders need to set clear expectations with their consultants before, during and after the dovetailing of a show.
I often encourage my consultants to have better shows by telling them they’ll earn 90% (instead of 50%) if they hold a $1000+ show. I have heard a number of horror stories from leaders that dovetailed a party with 20 guests and the consultant doing the show got zero bookings.
This easy to use solid aluminum template and steel jig is precisely machined for creating strong, secure and accurate half blind dovetail joints or half-blind rabbeted dovetail joints.
There’s nothing worse for a new consultant than to do a show and watch all the bookings go back to her leader. For example, the most common application of the dovetail joint is in drawer making as the strength of the joints tails and pins resist the pulling forces applied to the drawer.
The Dovetail corner is designed to shed water away from the home and create strong interlocking joinery.
This is the perfect solution for sturdy boxes and drawers with the classic dovetail joint design.The solid aluminum template is CNC machined. Dovetails are so strong it is rare to see a drawer that has broken as a result of joint failure, even when put under frequent stresses. Traditionally there would be a gap between the logs that needed to be “chinked” for air and water tightness. We don’t leave anything to chance, so our dovetail profile employs the same single tongue and groove system used in our Contour, V-Groove, and Clapboard profiles. In order to give our customers the opportunity to have the traditional chinked look, we cut a bevel at the top of each outside face that we call a chinking groove.
When not filled with a chinking compound this grooves creates a flashing step that sheds water away from the logs below.

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