I’ve been wanting to try my hand at dovetails for a while – and beeing awfully fond of tools, I figured a dovetail template would be a nice thing to have for that purpose.
but I also really like the idea about building my own tools and a dovetail template is very simple in design. However im not really sure I can yield my saw with enough precision to make a wooden one yet – allthough buying a dozuki really helped there.
So I went with a different approach that gave me an opportunity to learn about designing for 3D printing. I used the free webbased software Tinkercad (www.tinkercad.com) for the the design.
The result of versions 2 and 3 can be seen below:
The green one is the latest version where I’ve cleaned up the design to make the printing process more simple – this has improved the precision a lot.
I’ve already used v2 to lay out some dovetails – but im not going to show you those :)
The 3d files can be downloaded here