Router sled for dovetails

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 916 days ago 2604 views 18 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am building 5 tables for our church youth group room and I decided to dovetail the aprons into the legs rather than use mortise and tenon. I saw similar construction at Roger Lance’s shop and I visited him to see how he held the pieces to dovetail the ends safely and accurately. He showed me a sled that the part sat on while being pushed past the dovetail cutter so I went home and made one and used it that same day to cut all the aprons.
I just used scrap from my wood bins and glued it all together with Titebond III. It really worked slick. I added a picture of the set gauge that I made a few months ago and that set the cutter exactly where I wanted it without a lot trial and error on scrap pieces. If I needed to move .040, it moved just that much.
The only problem is I’m running out of room on the wall to hang special fixtures!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!!

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#1 posted 916 days ago

Now that would be a useful jig for more than aprons. Looking at your shop walls I think you have space under the shop name plaque, or do like I do, hang it from the ceiling. Good job and thanks for the post.

-- In the end it is more about the memories we make than the pieces we build.

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#2 posted 916 days ago

Good looking jig idea but now what are you going to do with the saw blade without a handle? LOL
I am building a router fence at the moment and this jig will be one of the accessories down the road and that dial gauge set up jig will also go on the list.


-- Kiefer 松

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Jim Jakosh

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#3 posted 916 days ago

Hi Sawdust! Funny you should say that. My shop pictures are pretty old but I did hang it up next to the workshop sign!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!!

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#4 posted 916 days ago

NIce jig Jim, as far as space goes cant you simply “dovetail” all your jigs together.? might need one more jig to do it though LOL
cheers Mate : ))

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#5 posted 916 days ago

cool looking forward to seeing it soon

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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Jim Jakosh

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#6 posted 916 days ago

Hi Rick. Come on over and bring the boards that need to be dadoed! I have that painting job out of the shop so I can cut wood again!...........Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!!

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#7 posted 916 days ago

Sweet. Looking forward to seeing the end products.

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#8 posted 916 days ago

Nice jig Jim! Thanks for the post.

-- "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 916 days ago

I too like jigs and like this one. I will make it one of my fav’s.

Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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Bob Collins

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#10 posted 916 days ago

Good looking jig Jim, look forward to seeing the tables.

-- Bob C, Australia. I love sharing as long as it is not my tools

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#11 posted 915 days ago

Nothing like a new jig Jim. I have the same problem not knowing where to store them all.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#12 posted 913 days ago

That is a clever jig Jim!
I could have used that one not so long ago, but I just did it twice instead…
Yes the number of jigs seems endless, I also have them growing in the shop, sometimes a jig to make a jig is even needed…
Best thoughts,

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#13 posted 911 days ago

very nifty jig. thnx for sharing

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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