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ROEBUCK

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Estates,

IL 60179

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Don't use power tool in damp or wet Iooations or expose to rain. high or 7. safety glasses with side shields. Cluttered areas and benches invite accidents. CLEAN. blades. wear protective hair covering to contain long hair. Do not operate of 14. Keep proper footing ladder or unstable support. tools should locked-up place -. sparking Do not use on a 12. AVOID DANGEROUS ENVIRONMENT.. KEEP TEMPLATE of the motor could DRY. Do not rush. Also. KEEP WORK AREA CLEAN. When not in use. 9. Page 4. ALCOHOL. before servicing. Use clamps or a vise to hold work. bits. 8. before assembling. SECURE WORK. 17. 6.out of the reach of children. Before cornmeneirmg power tool operation. SAVE THESE mNSTRUCT]ONS. 2. all tools shoutd be disconnected. 11. It's safer than using your hand and it frees both hands to operate tool. DRUGS. USE SAFETY GLASSES with all tools. MEDICATION. SECURE Dovetail Template to a workbench. AND FREE FROM OIL AND GREASE.RULES FOR SAFE OPERATION DaSCONNECT TOOLS. Do not operate tool while under the influence 16. Do not let visitors wear safety glasses and be kept a safe contact tool or extension cord. When not in use. We recommend Wide Vision Salary Mask for use over eyeglasses or standard Order or Retail Stores. cutters. WEAR PROPER APPAREL. be stored in a dry. 5. etc. CHECK FREQUENTLY DURING OPERATmON TO INSURE REQUIRED POSIT_ON AND TO PREVENT HOLDING MECHANISM FROM BECOMING LOOSENED. always wear safety goggles or safety glasses with side shields and a full face shield when needed. Also face or dust mask if operation is dusty. FASTENED. Keep work area we!l tit. sense. STAY ALERT. Atl visitors should distance from work area. NEVER USE iN AN EXPLOS0VE ATMOSPHERE. or when changing attachments. The operation of any Power Tool con result in tereign objects being thrown into your eyes which can result in severe eye damage. drugs. Watch what you are doing and use common tool when you are tired. See Figures 5 & 6. Rubber gloves and footwear are recommended when working outdoors. 3. DON'T OVERREACH. No loose clothing or jewelry to get caught in moving parts. and balance Normal at all times. KEEP CHILDREN AWAY. alcohol. BE SURE ALL ADJUSTMENTS ARE PROPERLY SET AND SECURELY order. 18. ignite fumes. or any medication. STORE iDLE TOOLS. 13. KEEP GUARDS IN PLACE and in working 4. 15. 10. available at Sears Catalog Page 2 .

..... 2 OFFSET JOnNT Page 3 Fig.... Read atl instructions carefully.. MAKE A TRIAL CUT WITH SCRAP PIECES OF THE SAME WOOD USED FOR THE FINISHED WORK. you will also need a Craftsman Rouler and a dovetail cutter. See Figures 2............ characteristics particular TOOLS NEEDED In addition to your dovetail template and guide bushing..... NOTE: For proper assembly.. 2...... Place clamp 6... FLUSH JOINT Fig...... Bar ..INTRODUCTION ASSEMBLY Unpack removing materials........ ............. Guide Bushing ... Your dovetail template has been designed for cut- This also step makes allows you wood you aware being to check of the used...... 3............ Item 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 No.. ONCE ALL ADJUSTMENTS HAVE BEEN PROPERLY MADE................. or rabbeted joints with speed and accuracy....... Hex Bolt (#1/4-20 x 2-7/8") .... See Figure 1.... (10o32 x 1/2" Flat Head) ......... one spring over each hex bolt........ be sure to turn each clamp bar as shown in Figure a second bar. Use dovetail cutter Catalog Number 26319 for making 1/4 inch dovetail joints and Catalog Number 26318 for making 1/2 inch joints...... Thread wing nut onto each hex washers. Place hex 1.... bolt to secure 1.. & 4. Spring Washer Clamp Wing 5/16" 7/16" Screw ....... Secure Figure 3.. TABLE OF LOOSE PARTS Quantity 1 4 4 4 8 2 1 1 3 bolt through molded holes in your slots on bottom dovetail side of with push nuts supplied. offset....... then install clamp bar on top of washer.. .. washer on top and/or end of each Description Dovetail Template ... clamp bars.. and springs............ Push Nut ............ 5.......... Nut ... See Place a washer on top of each spring...... 3 .. 4........... Insert hex bolts base and tit into base.... ASSEMBLE YOUR DOVETAIL TEMPLATE AS FOLLOWS: 1.... your adjustments....... your dovetail template............. it of the ting flush... Since these joints are both strong and neat...... they are commonly used when making drawers and boxes............ separating and all loose Check each parts from the packaging item with the "Table of Loose pack Parts" to make sure ed with your dovetail all items listed have been template...... Guide Bushing.. and follow closely while making set ups and adjustments.......

Attach guide bushing directly to the inside of the subbase. but be sure collar section is turned facing away from the router motor. 1"O AVOID POSSIBLE SERIOUS PERSONAL WHILE INJURY. then insert four fiat head wood screws through holes in the base and secure firmly into plywood. INSTALLING TEMPLATE RUSHING AND CUTTER GUIDE Fig. lower the router motor in the router base until collet nut inch clear of guide bushing. it can be clamped to a workbench with "C" clamps. Your dovetail template (with wooden base) may then be clamped securely to workbench or table with "C" clamps or other holding apparatus. 2. 7 . 6 1. more preferred. Here again. A second. MUST BE MOUNTED FOR SAFE OPERATION AND YOUR DOVETAIL TEMPLATE TO A WORKBENCH OR TABLE. or it can be mounted onto a 3/4 inch piece of plywood for mobility. Page 4 SCREWS DOVEfAIL CUTTER COLLAR Fig. is approximately 1/8 4.OPERATION MOUNTING DOVETAIL TEMPLATE PROPER CONTROL. 1. Secure bushing supplied. They are used to guide your router in and out of the fingers of the comb-shaped template. then tighten the collet nut securely. UNPLUG YOUR ROUTER ASSEMBLING PARTS OR MAKING ADJUSTMENTS "C" PLYWOOD CLAMP r_ Fig. It can then be easily removed upon completion for easy storage or changing job sites. Visually center the cutter with the inside diameter of the guide bushing. Tighten all screws securely. See Figures 5 & 6. Position front of base flush with the front and centered with the ends of the board. If clamping wing nut is not tighL the router motor will be loose and wobble inside router base while adjustments are being made. while the 7/16" bushing is used when making 1/2" dovetails. 5. If 1/2 inch engagement does not exist. Insert dovetail cutter through guide bushing and into collet at least 1/2 inch. it can be easily removed upon completion for easy storage or changing job sites. to the subbase with the 3 screws 3. The 5/16 inch bushing is used when making 1/4 inch dovetails. method would be to mount your dovetai_ template onto a piece of 3/4 inch plywood approximately six inches wide and twenty-four inches long. Clamp your dovetail template to a workbench or tab}e with "C" clamps as shown in Figure 5. Tighten clamping wing nut securely before attempting to center cutter inside guide bushing. See Figure 7. NOTE: When centering cutter in guide bushing. adjustments can be made by loosening the screws holding the subbase to the router and!or loosening the screws holding the guide bushing to the router. If desired. NOTE: It is not necessary to remove subbase while attaching guide bushing. 5 WOOD SCREWS Two template guide bushings are supplied with your dovetail template. 2. See Figure 6. 6.

.. 3/4" bottom must piece Heiqht of openinq Same as Back WIDTH le_ea_arlcL SECTION Back Sides Bottom Fl_sh Front Offset. LENGTH L£NGTH FLUSH LSIDE LENGTH DRAWER OFFSET DRAWER RABBETED DRAWER /2" DOVETAIL JOINTS RECOMMENDED THICKNESS /2" t9 _/4" 1/2" to 3/4" LENGTH WIDTH SECTION Back Sides Bottom Flush Front 1/4"to 1/?"in 1/2"to Front 3/4" 3/8" 314"" 3/4" Width of openin_ less clearance He!ght of openinc] less clearance Must be determined. See Figure 8._ . be altered to compensale. Next. 1/4" Length of back.ran_e. If 1/4" joints are desired. Re-tighten angle bracket screws. 3/4" Same Back as Back width plus 3/4' Offset. 1/4" DOVETAIL JOINTS RECOMMENDED THICKNESS 5/t6" 1/4" to $/4' to 1/2" LENGTH Width of opening less c ea. back and sides should be grooved 1/4 inch deep to receive bottom piece and may be done belore or after dovetailing. and thickness of fron[_..Front 3/8Inch Rabbeted NOTE: Pronl. If groove depth is mo_e or less than 1/4 inch. and reverse them 180 ° . bottom dimensions must be altered to compensate. you will need to determine what the final dimensions for your drawer or box will be.OPERATION BEGIN YOUR SET-UP SCREW To begin your set-up. .Front 3/8 Inch Rabbeted NOTE: Front. and thickness Of front and b6g_ Lenglh of side less 1/4' Same 5/16"to Front sides should is more 1/2"to 3/4" 3/4" 3/16 Back Back inch deep bottom as Back Length Lenglh plus plus 1/8'. R groove or less inch. decide whether you are going to make 1/4" or 1/2" joints. page eleven. plus 1/2 less 2 times side thickness S_me as Back Same as Back Back Back Length Length plus plus 1/8". Your dovetail template is packaged with the angle brackets set for making 1/2" joints. for each io_3 _ Same as Back depending on depth of opening. and back.. clearance. Length of side less 1/4" Length of back. See the chart below for computing proper sizes and recommended material thicknesses. Reverse the pro cedure when changing your template from 1/4" joints to 1/2" joints. then cut your boards to size. try to size the drawer opening so that a halfpin will be on both the top and bottom edge of the drawer front.. c_e_. loosen the two screws holding the angle brackets. if you plan in ad vance.ance Must be determined for each lob depending on deptB of opening. ulus times side thickness Same as Back Same as B_ck Back width olus 3/4" 1/2" ess 2 back and depth be grooved than 3/16 to receive dimensions Page 5 and may be done before or Mter dovetaging. See helpful hints.

The boards are then reversed to assemble. Attach guide bushing with 7/16" pilot diameter to router base {5/16" pilot diameter for 1/4" joints). 6. Adjust 7/16 inch beyond the router subbase for 1/4" joints. Familiarize yourself with this label end refer to it as often as necessary. See Figure 13. then tighten securely. Loosen the stop screws and place the 3 way stop on top af your dovetail template and the 2 way stop on the side of your dovetail template in their proper position. See the chart on Page 5 for computing proper mended material thicknesses. Fig. See Figure 12. 7.Operation REFERENCE GUIDE The base of your dovetail template has a label to sewe as a guide for you to follow when making set_ ups for different types of joinery. Insert board (B) between top clamping bar and top surface of dovetail base. 3. Re-tighten stop screws securely. Mark the boards for the drawer or box on the inside with identifying letters near the bottom edge. This is done to assist in the proper positioning of board (B). 10 S WAY 5. 4. with bottom edge against left 3 way stop. The side pieces (A and C) should also be the same size. Tighten wing nuts (E) on top clamping bar to hold board (B) securely. Page 4. Adjust the base on your router until the cutter extends 17/32 inch beyond the router subbase for 1/2" joints. V/ y BOTTOM GROOVE SiDE (C) LUSH FRONT (8} j RABBETED FRONT (S) ' "_. The outside of the boards are always clamped towards the dovetail base and all pieces are routed in an "inside out" position. 9 1. Insert the dovetail cutter bit through the guide bushing and into chuck collet at least !/2 inch. See Figure 10. Page 12 . and flush with extended portion of board (A). FLUSH FRONT DRAWER OR BOX Fig. See Figures 9 & 11. Temporarily clamp board (A) "inside-out" to the left front of the fixture so that it extends above the base. See INSTALLING TEMPLATE GUIDE BUSHING AND CUTTER. 11 sAcK r SiDE (A)/. See Figure 13. See Figure g. NOTE: The material for front (B) and back (D) should be the same size and should be cut to fit the opening neatly. Fig. Insert board (A) between front clamping bar and front surface of dovetail base with bottom edge toward the left 2 way stop. 2. sizes and recom17/32 1/2" _ FOR JOINTS _ 7/t6 _/4" _ FOR JOINTS DOVETAIL CUTTER SUSS Fig. NOTE: The reverse sides of the board will be the outside of the finished drawer or box.

adjustments probably will need to be made at first 8. When removing the router it should not be lifted but should be moved toward the operator until clear. See Figure 14. do not change cut. Attach comb-shaped template (F) to the dovetail base with washers (G) & spacers (H) in their desired location. 6. Relocate board (A) so that it is flush of board (B) and against 2 way stop of dovetail base. Make a straight cut from RIGHT TO LEFT across board (A). NOTE: When making 1/4" dovetails. Once made. Once everything looks okay -remove the two pieces and tap them 4ogether. Fig. Using scrap pieces allows for adjustments to be made in steps 1 thru 7. Place your router so that the subbase is resting fiat on the dovetail template. Cut your out each dovetail joint. Hold the template fiat on the boards with one hand. if adjustments all adjustments have been setting until all dovetails are 6 with your finished wood. It properly set up. See Figure !6. This will clean off any spots fections that might have been missed. are needed. Make sure the cutter is not making contact with the edge of board (A). NOTE: Be sure template finger ends are parallel to edge of board (B) to assure even fitting after cutting. in and Recur the dovetail moving your router to left. See trouble shooting. and tighten template wing nuts (E) securely. from right or imper- 5. Repeat steps I thru page eleven. front wing nuts {E) to with the top on left front board (A) 9. This shallow V-groove cut is made to prevent chipping of the wood when the router is moved in and out of the fingers of your dovetail template. As mentioned earlier. 14 3. you should make a trial cut with scrap pieces of the same wood used for the finished work. TO prevent possible serious injury or damage to your dovetail template. Page 16 . finger moving Feed your router from left to right. However. wait until the cutler has completely stopped before removing your router. YOUR FLUSH DOVETAIL JOINTS Fig. 1. Tighlen securely. 10 hold 11. sure you have routed each 7. 4. V-GROOVE CUT Fig. one or two extra passes may be necessary to cut away excess stock projecting beyond the fingers of the template. 2. 9.Operation 8. they will fit together. Check dovetail to make evenly. See Figure 15. 13 ROUTING You are now ready to rout your first dovetail joint. then turn your router on and let the motor build to its full speed.

20 Page 8 :!' :i :i:i I:. _ • . but the drawer front is 1/8" longer than the width of the drawer. often called flush-Offset. tion boards (A and D) and (O and D) in the dovetail fixture as shown in Figures 18 and 19. I H Fig. This will assist in the proper positioning of board (B). 19 used when the drawer front is the same height as the drawer sides. See Figure !7. NOTE: This set-up is used for the drawer front only. Tighten front wing nuts (E) to hold board (C) securely. The drawer back is out the same as a flush front drawer. NOTE: Once your router is set-up and all adjustments made. Attach comb-shaped template (F) and cut dovetail joint as described above. See Figure 20. Tighten wing nuts (E) on top clamping bar to hold board (B) securely. SET-UP The Set-Up for an Offset-Front drawer is done exactly the same as a set-up for a FLUSH FRONT DRAWER OR BOX. posi. Do so by repeating the above procedure with boards (C) and (B) positioned against the right stops. If you desire to dovetail cut the back corners. is Fig. 18 and 19 for proper placement of your boards each time you cut dovetail joints for a drawer or box. E L IL Fig.Operation YOU are now ready to rout your second dovetait joint. you can refer to Figures 14 17. Reiocale board (C) so that it is flush with the top of board (B) and against 2 way stop on right front of dovetail base. Temporarily clamp board (C) "inside-out" to the right front of the fixture so that it extends above the base. 17 Fig. you have cut dovelail joints fora drawer front and sides. 18 OFFSET-FRONT DRAWER An Offset-Front drawer. follow the same set-up procedure described above. the drawer sides are recessed 1/16" into each side of the drawer front. By following the instructions just described. See Figure 3. Insert board (B) between top clamping bar and top surface of dovetail base. After making this change. Then follow the same )rocedure described above. with one exception. The exception being where the angle brackets of the comb-shaped template are Iocateci on the dovetail base. The angle brackets of the combshaped template go between spacers (G) and (H). Insert board (C) between front clamping bar and front surface of dovetail base with bottom edge toward the right 2 way stop. Therefore. See Figure 9. and flush with extended portion of board (O). page 6. with bottom edge against right 3 way stop.

Hold the template flat on the boards dovetail desired NOTE: The front piece (B) should be 3/4" longer and 3/4" wider than the back piece (D). Tighten wing nuts (E) hold board (B) securely. See Figure 2!. See Figure 13. Mark the boards for the drawer or box on the in- Insert board (B) between top clamping bar and top surface of dovetail base. SET. The outside of the clamped towards the dovetail are routed in an "inside out" are then reversed to assemble. subbase for Adjust 7/16 inch below the 1/4" joints. 12. 2. wing nuts (E) securefinger ends are parato assure even fitting Loosen wing nuts (E) on top clamping bar and remove board (B) from the base and replace with a sc_:ap piece of the same wood. and flush with extended portion of board (A).UP 1.OPERATION RABBETED FRONT DRAWER E F A rabbeted front drawer is used when you want the drawer front to overlap the top. with the top on left front boards are always base and all pieces position. Temporarily clamp board (A) "inside-out" to the left front of the fixture so that it extends above the base. The boards 10. This will provide support for board (A) and help prevent splinterin_ as the cutter moves in and out of the fingers. wing nuts (E) to hold board (A) tl. This will give you a 3/8" rabbet around your drawer front after you finish cutting your dovetail joints. The drawer front is both 3/4" wider than the drawer sides and 3/4" longer than the drawer width. The side pieces (A and C) should be the same size. 9. with bottom edge against left 3 way stop. bottom. 13. Cut a 3/8" wide drawer front. Tighten front securely. 5. and both sides of the drawer opening. See the cha. with one hand and tighten template ly. 6. t on Page 5 for computing proper sizes and recommended material thicknesses. 8. Attach comb-shaped template (F) to the base with spacers (G) and (H) in their location. NOTE:The side of the reverse finished sides of the board will be the outdrawer or box. Loosen the stop screws and place the 3 way stop on top of your dovetail template and the 2 way stop on the side of your dovetail template in their proper position. on top clamping bar to side with identifying See Figure 12. Insert board (A) between front clamping bar and front surface of dovetail base with bottom edge toward the left 2 way stop. Relocate board (A) so that it is flush of board (B) and against 2 way stop of dovetail base. the base on your 17/32 inch below router until the cutter the router subbase for router 1/2" joints. Page 9 . See BUSHING AND to your router INSTALLING CUTTER. Attach dovetail GUIDE 3. See Figure 14. This is done to assist in the proper positioning of board (B). See Figure 13. letters near the bottom edge. See Figure g & 1t Re-tighten stop screws securely. See Figure 10.NOTE: Be sure template llel to edge of board (B) after cutting. Adjust extends x 7/16" deep rabbet around the guide bushing cutter. Page and install TEMPLATE 4. 4.

Place your router so that the subbase is resting flat on the dovetail template. When removing the router. 14. See Figure 24. then turn your router on and let the motor build to its full speed. and tighten wing nuts (E) on top clamping bar firmly. This shallow V-groove cut is made to prevent chipping of the wood when the router is moved in and out of the fingers of your dovetail template. cut your joint in board (B) as a single piece. See Figure 16. 11. 10 Place it flush with the edge of board (A). Recut the dovetail moving your router from right to left. it should not be lifted but should be moved toward the operator until clear. 13. Feed your router in and out each finger. Fig. 4. Held the template fiat on the boards with one hand and tighten wing nuts (E) securely. moving from left to right. See Figure 23. Attach comb-shaped template (F) to the dovetail base with spacers (G) and (H} in their desired location. 12. Make a straight cut from RIGHTTO LEFT across board (A}. Cut your dovetail joint. Page 10 24 . 9.OPERATION ROUTING YOUR RABBETED DOVETAIL JOINTS You are now dovetail joint. 23 Fig. This will clean off any spots or imperfections that might have been missed. Make sure the cutter is not making contacl with the edge of board (A). To rout the other side of your rabbeted front drawer. Loosen wing nuts (E) on front clamping bar and remove board (A). See Figure 22. Check to make sure you have routed each dovetail evenly. Recut the dovetail moving from right to left to clean*off any spots or imperfections that might have been missed. Fig = 22 E F Loosen wing nuts (E) on top clamping bar and remove scrap piece of wood. repeat the above procedure with boards (C) and (B} positioned against the right stops. To rout dovetail cuts in board (D) and boards (A and C) follow the instructions for making a "FLUSH FRONT DRAWER OR BOX". 2. Wait until the cutter has completely stopped before removing your router. 8. DO NOT REMOVE BOARD (A). With your dovetail template setup as shown. Loosen template wing nuts (E) and remove comb-shaped template (F). ready to make your cut for a rabbeted 1. 5. This will prevent possible serious injury or any damage to your dovetail templale. 3. 6. 7. Replace the scrap piece of wood with the piece that is to be your finished front board (B).

HELPFUL • • ° • • Once all adjustments are made. If the fit is too shallow Turn the lock nut (I) in a clockwise desired depth is reached. • Make certain clamps can't loosen while in use. See Ffgures 15. or 21. this will make the cut more shallow (approximately 1/64"). Do not raise or lower your router or cutter while the bit is between the dovetail template fingers. Always wear eye protection when routing. See depth adjustment instructions as explained in your router owners manual. Be consistent when selecting the thickness of your boards. • Test dlfficuit set-ups on scrap -Don't waste lumber. to make the cut If the fit is too deep Turn the lock nut (I) in a counter-clockwise direction until desired depth is reached. • • Plan each operation before you begin. do not make any urther changes until all dovetails are cut. HINTS = Don't let familiarity = Always bevel the drawer. A safe operator is one who thinks ahead. 20. Measure twice and cut once. NOTE: both lock nuts equally. TROUBLE SHOOTING Problem If the joint too tight is Solution Raise the cutter very slightly. Rout dovetails from the front on_y. THINK SAFETY BY THINKING AHEAD. Keep router base fiat against template. 26 Page 11 . !f the joint too loose is Lower deeper the cutter bit (approximately very slightly 1/64"). NOTE: Be sure to adjust both lock nuts equally. front for an offset-front • • • • • • o Study all safety rules and do the job safely. • NEVER place your hands in jeopardy. t Plan your drawer opening so that the boards will be in increments of 7/8 {nch for 1/2 inch joints. This wi{l allow a half-pin to be on both the top and bottom edge of the drawer front. make drawer you careless. Make certain the ends of all boards are square. Then double check. Keep cutters clean and properly sharpened. direction Be sure until the to adjust Fig. or 29/64 inch increments for 1/4 inch joints. Don't forget to allow for clearances. Always clamp workpiece securely for cutting. DO NOT use warped boards. Make eet-up adjustments carefully.

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your order will be electronically transmitted to a Sears Repair Parts Distribution Center for handling. If the parts you need are not stocked locally. REPAIR SEARS. IL 60179 .25790 .25790 HOW TO ORDER PARTS AIr parts listed may be ordered from any Sears Service Center and most Sears stores. ALWAYS THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION: GIVE 315. Hoffman Estates. MODEL NO._ MODEL NUMBER 315. WHEN ORDERING REPAIR PARTS. ROEBUCK AND CO.R OWNERS MANUAL FOR USE WITH ALL CRAFTSMAN ROUTERS DOVETAIL TEMPLATE ALWAYS MENTION CATALOG NUMBER 25790 WHEN COMMUNICATING WITH US REGARDING YOUR CRAFTSMAN DOVETAIL TEMPLATE.. PART NUMBER PART DESCRIPTION e NAME OF ITEM DOVETAIL TEMPLATE .

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