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Project by Tim Dahn posted 10-17-2009 11:16 PM 35474 views 241 times favorited 36 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Saw an article about this jig to make dovetail pins on a tablesaw and I must say I am very pleased. You can make pins as skinny as you want, then using the pins to mark out the tails, make a couple quick cuts on the band saw, then chop out the remaining middle pin(s) with a chisel, much faster than by hand or using a commercial jig. I’m using it with a Freud box blade set up to cut 3/8” wide so I only need to make a couple passes to hog out the waste. I used a dovetail marking gauge and ruler to set the angle of the miter boards, mounted them to a piece of 1/2” MDF, added two runners to bottom waxed it up and cut the slots. Measures 13” wide, 12” long and the miter boards are 4” tall. Give it try and see if this works for you too.

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.





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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#1 posted 10-17-2009 11:28 PM

It looks like it works pretty good.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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#2 posted 10-17-2009 11:39 PM

Nice jig.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#3 posted 10-17-2009 11:49 PM

This is a super great jig Tim .Do you know were that article came from?

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#4 posted 10-18-2009 02:26 AM

Looks like a good idea to me. Nice job, thanks.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#5 posted 10-18-2009 02:39 AM

Yea, I’d like to see the article too. Very simple indeed.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#6 posted 10-18-2009 04:01 AM

Looks like it—and you—do nice work. Any chance you could put together a blog on how to use it?

-- Dave E. "People who are competent are worth the oil it will take to fry them in hell." --Mencken

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Tim Dahn

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#7 posted 10-18-2009 12:56 PM

I will look for the article or if I can’t find it, post some instruction. Headin out the door on vacation for a week so it bare with me.

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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#8 posted 10-18-2009 02:22 PM

That is a nice jig, Tim. I am sure a lot of us would like to put one of these in our shop.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#9 posted 10-18-2009 04:24 PM

Thanks Tim. I think this is one of the smartest jigs I have ever seen.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 10-18-2009 05:07 PM

Nice! This is my next jig. I laid out 1:6 hand cut dovetails for my incense burner. Would I be able to assume that I could lay out that trapezoid with 1:6 sides, perpendicular to the table saw? How come the vertical boards don’t have any cuts in them? Am I missing something, or had you not used the new jig yet when you took the photos?

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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#11 posted 10-18-2009 11:10 PM

Cool. I would also like to see the reference posted. I just can’t “wing it” on these jigs…

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#12 posted 10-18-2009 11:20 PM

Yeah, me too… I’d like to do one of these… but I’m not quite getting it. I like the concept… but I need to see or read a little more. Those sample or practice pieces look quite nice.

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#13 posted 10-19-2009 12:55 AM

I’ve been digging around trying yo find the magazine article
If you have them you might look at Fine woodworking issue # 120 page 54
or
Shop notes issue # 108 page 41
let me know if you think if these are the same. or if the work the same.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Tim Dahn

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#14 posted 10-19-2009 03:29 PM

I have not found where I learned about this jig but I wrote up some instruction to use this jig here:

Click for details

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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David65

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#15 posted 10-19-2009 05:11 PM

Nice looking jig I’ll give it a try Thanks…

-- David '65

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