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Dovetail Slide Calculating Measuring

Dovetails are commonly measured using gage pins or wires.

Dovetail Measuring Formulas:

Male Dovetail Measuring Formula:

X=Measurement Over Pins

D=Pins Diameter

COT=Cotangent

A=Desired Distance Across Angle Points

X = D( 1 + COT 1/2ANGLE ) + A


Female Dovetail Measuring Formula:

Y=Measurement Between Pins

D=Pins Diameter

COT=Cotangent

B=Desired Distance Across Angle Points

Y = B - D( 1 + COT 1/2ANGLE )

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X

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D

D

ANGLE

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Female Dovetail Slide

Male Dovetail Slide

Y

B

As you can see calculating dovetail measurements can be a bit complicated.  There is a solution though.  The Dovetail Measuring Calculator in the Web Machinist software program seen below.  The  easy to use Dovetail measuring Calculator is just one of many calculators in the Web Machinist program.

A screen shot of the Dovetail Measuring Calculator is seen below.

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“Dovetail Measuring  Calculator”.  Calculate the Dimensions of both Internal and External Dovetails.

Dovetail Measuring Calculator
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