I bought the Rockler dovetail jig after seeing this video: http://www.rockler.com/video/video.cfm?ID=3. In the video it looks fairly staight forward and, well…easy. The guy said after only an hour he was spitting out beautiful dovetailed drawers. Well, I haven’t found it to be so simple. My jig is an older version than that shown in the video. This is the jig with the through dovetail template on it:
I also have the half blind template and have found it somewhat easier to use. They also…at least I thought they did…said that the through dovetail template can be used to make box joints (flawlessly…well?) In this next shot you will see three joints that I made. The top is the half blind dovetail joint. It was too loose, then in this photo too tight. The top split when I pursuaded it a little. This was my sixth are eighth try…I was getting a little frustrated. The second joint from the top is a hand cut box joint…it is too loose after a couple of trys. The Rockler jig doesn’t cut equal pins and cutouts to make a box joint. I even tried putting a larger diameter bit than what is provided. I was afraid to go any larger… I didn’t want to cut into the template by accident. I had already made contact with the metal of the jig with a dovetail bit on my first setup of the through dovetail template. The bottom photo is the through dovetail made on the jig. It is too loose and has a lot of chip out…UGLY! I made notations on them so that on my next trys I will know whether I’ve improved or gotten worse.
If any of you can help or have had experiences that can help me, I’d appreciate your advice.
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