|Project by Woodworkingbythebay||posted 02-28-2015 12:20 PM||1522 views||1 time favorited||9 comments|
So I bought an economy half blind dovetail jig about 4 years ago and thought it was great, but after a few projects they all seemed a bit generic. Same size spacing with every joint restricted by material size and only having the ability to do half blind joints, which was a pain when I wanted to make boxes.
Buying a leigh jig was in the back of my mind but I couldn’t justify spending all that money, so I committed to teaching myself how to cut dovetails by hand since a had all of the tools already.
I set out a to make 1 joint a day for as long as it would take
Day one: cut on the line resulting in gaps
Day two: a little better but not as tight as I would like
Day three: got it tight joint (thought it was a fluke)
Day four: same result as day three
Day five: I made a box, all joints look good. I had some issues while planing the marks off due to a dull blade.
So now I can confidently say I don’t need to buy a leigh dovetail jig