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Using the Shop-Made Dovetail Jig

By: Phil Huber
Phil takes a spin in the "way-back machine" to look at a reader's build of the Dovetail Jig from a Woodsmith Magazine issue from August 1988. This throwback jig is still a great way to add some classic joinery to your drawers.

Get the free, step-by-step plans to build your Dovetail Jig from WoodsmithPlans.com.

When I first saw this dovetail jig, I thought the advantage would be the low cost. All you need is some standard, off-the-shelf hardware, 5 board feet of hardwood, and a piece of hardboard to make your own "comb" template. However, as I looked into the project further I found some improvements over manufactured dovetail jigs, as well.

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Unfortunately, too many woodworkers never try their hand at dovetails because they seem intimidating, but with this jig or a even a purchased one, for that matter, cutting professional-looking, half-blind dovetails is as easy as running your router.

Published: Aug. 5, 2021
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