This is a really basic dovetail jig I came up with to build a bunch of drawers for a dresser project. At the time I couldn’t afford a proper dovetail jig, and this did just fine. 20 years later, and I’m finally trolling the lists for a used Leigh D4Pro to replace this jig!
- The jig only accommodates one size dovetail and one set spacing.
- The grooved base rides along the router table fence (in my case the router is hung in my table saw extension).
- The carrier rides in the grooves in the base and carries the drawer side workpiece for the cuts.
- To cut tails (picture 2) I clamp the workpiece on the carrier vertically, and make a pass over the dovetail bit with the carrier in each groove. I used a piece of 1/8” masonite backer behind the workpiece to prevent tear out.
- To cut the pins (picture 3), I just hold the workpiece against the end of the carrier, and make a pass over the dovetail bit with the carrier in each groove. Picture 3.