|Project by Tim Dahn||posted 10-19-2009 03:25 PM||15346 views||173 times favorited||15 comments|
Here are some Instructions for the Shop made dovetail jig I posted here:
First layout and mark all of your pins, color in the waste areas to reduce any confusion when sawing.
With the jig on the saw (orientation doesn’t matter) lay your pin board down and raise the blade to just barely higher than the thickness the wood, so the pins will protrude when assembled with the tail board so after gluing you can plane them smooth for that perfect fit.
Picture 1: Use the blade kerf to position the board against the fence, start on the right edge and make your first cut just get close it’s not critical to be right on. If you end up with one tail slightly wider then the other it will just look more hand cut.
Picture 2: Move the board to right and do the middle pin(s).
Picture 3: Now flip the dovetail jig 180 degrees so you are using the other fence and repeat the cuts, this defines the pins, the shaded areas still need to be removed.
Picture 4: Shows the pins completed.
Picture 5: Position the pin board on the tail board and mark the tails
Picture 6: Cut the tails, the red lines show the cuts than can be made on the band saw. The blue shows the part that you need to cut out with a chisel. Cut very close to the line but leave it, go slow here, take your time on these cuts. You will need to clean these up by paring to the line.
Hope this helps.
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