Improved Bandsaw Dovetail Jig

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Project by rmac posted 02-22-2011 06:49 PM 12550 views 39 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a jig for cutting through dovetails on the bandsaw. It uses a sliding fence arrangement instead of the spacers used with similar jigs that have been described by Lonnie Bird, David Marks, and others. Check my blog for more information and a set of detailed drawings for building your own.


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#1 posted 02-22-2011 06:57 PM

very cool jig – I may actually try some dovetails now.


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#2 posted 02-22-2011 07:15 PM

I’ve never tried a dovetail yet.
They always seem to intimidate me.
I always thought they were too complicated for me to even attempt.
But your jig makes it look simple.
Now, I may actually try to make something using dovetails.

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#3 posted 02-22-2011 07:35 PM

Pretty neat!

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#4 posted 02-22-2011 11:44 PM

Great Idea!!

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#5 posted 02-23-2011 12:37 AM

Thanks Russ this is a neat jig

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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#6 posted 02-23-2011 12:59 AM

Cool jig.
David Marks has a nice video and jig on how to cut dovetails on a bandsaw

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions

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#7 posted 02-23-2011 04:27 AM

Hey Neighbor!
I like the jig… Looks like you have a few Jigs going there… I’ll keep my eyes peeled..

Local Wood Worker

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#8 posted 02-23-2011 08:50 AM

Looks like a good way to speed up those hand cut dovetials. Great idea!!

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

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#9 posted 02-23-2011 09:44 PM

I’m going to have to try that myself. That is a neat Idea.

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#10 posted 02-24-2011 10:56 PM

very kool idea and ingenious thnx for sharing

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#11 posted 03-14-2011 08:07 PM

Thanks for the post. A very useful idea. Into my favorites.

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#12 posted 04-13-2011 12:17 PM

Nice jig ..thanks for posting it : )

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