|Project by Jim||posted 04-30-2009 03:39 AM||9376 views||14 times favorited||18 comments|
My dovetail jig is FINALLY done.
This is a dovetail jig I found the plans for in an old ShopNotes magazine (#43). This is made from mostly white oak, MDF, and some aluminum. It’s pretty easily made, but time consuming due to the necessity of accuracy for tight joints. Overall if you have to buy all the materials and lumber, it could run you up to about $90. But that’s cheap compared to the $180 for the cheapest full-dovetail jig, and those are not adjustable like this is. It was also a very valuable learning experience with my router and table saw and setting up jigs to make adjustments during the construction process much easier.
If you look closely, you can see that I haven’t finished the “Large” templates. I used my router to cut the grooves instead of my table saw like the plan suggests (I don’t have a dado blade). So it was a simple pass on the router table for the smaller ones but I didn’t cut out the inside of the large ones yet.
The spacing and cuts of the templates got to be very tricky at the end, that’s what took so long to finish the jig. This is the first cut I had when I used foam board for a shim (What I thought was meant by posterboard).
And this was the cut after I used a slimmer shim (the cardboard from a cheap caliper set I had laying around).
All in all, it was a fun project, and I can’t wait till I start cranking out some boxes with it. Although I’m happy with the results, it did take it’s toll. In the final cuts of the project, while using the table saw, I had a small accident that resulted in losing half a finger…
...sorry. Couldn’t help myself!
-- -- Jim - Kokomo, Indiana