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  • Dove Tail Jig

    After watching a video on dovetails for a router table, I decided to get one but I was blown away at the prices for a simple pins and tails template.

    Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=viT3ZGAlzNw

    AS I began to look at a simple pins and tails template for making the jig as show in the you tube, I decided to purchase a MilesCraft template. It was $44.99 when I bought it but it is $54.95 now.

    https://www.amazon.com/Milescraft-12...44&s=hi&sr=1-1

    Here are the two sets that I made: The bottom one is just after I cut the frame an before I sanded the pins. I was somewhat surprised at how nice it came out. It will be a couple of weeks before I have time to make anything with it.

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    Your dovetail usage and experiences?
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    Hank Lee

    Experience is what you get when you don't get what you wanted!

  • #2
    The jigs you made with that kit look astonishingly similar to my $299 Sommerfeld dovetail jig. I wonder what I would have done with the addtional $250? The only advantage mine has is that I can vary the spacing of the dovetails. With a little effort though, you could accomplish that as well and make a set of jigs for each of the various drawer heights necessary.

    I also like that you can extend the width pretty much infinitely.

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    • #3
      I used the HF DT jig almost 20 years ago for a bunch of kitchen drawers. Not fancy, not forgiving, but it worked and wasn't expensive. That's the last DT jig I've used as I prefer other drawer assembly methods now--pocket screws with an applied front or dominoes, or if it's a special project, hand cut DTs.

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      • #4
        Chris, After making this one, my mind has been running wild thinking of possibilities of other templates, but I am learning quite a bit. My mind is more creative than practical. I was trying to figure out how to use some with 1/2 in. shank bits (I have more than twice as many 1/2 in bits than 1/4 inch). Then it dawned on me that shank bearings on a 1/2 Inch bits wouldn't work from a router table because the guide bearings would have to be 3/4" at the least.

        I do prefer using the router table than a router on a jig stand. There are too many configurations for my mind to handle with a jig that clamps two boards at a time where the thickness has to be taken into account also.

        I used the HF DT jig almost 20 years ago for a bunch of kitchen drawers. Not fancy, not forgiving, but it worked and wasn't expensive. That's the last DT jig I've used as I prefer other drawer assembly methods now--pocket screws with an applied front or dominoes, or if it's a special project, hand cut DTs.
        I have one from HF, but after reading the instructions twice, I just gave up. The YouTube video in the OP is SO SIMPLE!
        Last edited by leehljp; 01-23-2021, 09:11 PM.
        Hank Lee

        Experience is what you get when you don't get what you wanted!

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