Table Saw Dovetail Jig

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Project by Bricofleur posted 11-08-2013 08:27 PM 5425 views 47 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch



Here’s the table saw dovetail jig I wanted to build for years. I’m very pleased with the results. Besides that, it didn’t cost a dime since only MDF scraps were used to build it. My shown second test piece is not a perfect looking joint but it was tight and was assembled with elbow grease only. As I will get used to the jig I’m sure my joints will be more and more refine in terms of look.

It was fun to build and it’s really simple and straight forward to use. According to the size of my jig, I can dovetail boards up to 16” wide. If I remove the table saw wings, I would be able to mill wider boards.

Thanks for looking.

More photos and all construction details from this page of my blog. (look for the Next Post Arrow at the bottom of each page)



-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. --

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#1 posted 11-08-2013 10:05 PM

Great jib and great construction blog. It’s on my to-do-list. Thanks for sharing. Where did the original plans come from?

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#2 posted 11-09-2013 01:34 AM

way to go serge

you do make some very useful things
all simple and clear

thanks for all the shares

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#3 posted 11-09-2013 02:06 AM

Looks like a handy jig. Well done.

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

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#4 posted 11-09-2013 04:15 AM

Thanks for posting this Serge, I have always been intrigued by this method of dovetailing ! Now I have a reference to study and hopefully one day set out to duplicate ! Thanks again and be safe…........ROB

-- Rob,Gaithersburg,MD,One mans trash is another mans repurposed wood shop treasure ! ;-)

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#5 posted 11-09-2013 10:55 AM

Well Serge your jig certainly produces the goods

Nice work !!

-- Regards Robert

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#6 posted 11-09-2013 01:53 PM

Good stuff Serge. Congrats on your article in American Woodworker magazine also. That’s awesome!

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

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#7 posted 11-09-2013 07:19 PM

Serge came out great going to try it ,thanks for sharing

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#8 posted 11-10-2013 12:42 AM

Super cool Serge, I’ll take a look at the blog.
Best thoughts,

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

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#9 posted 11-10-2013 02:25 PM

Based on Roger’s comment, I took out my current issue of Amer. Woodworker and re-read your article, now “knowing” who the author is. Congratulations on a nice article and great shop. For me, the three miter saws, each permanently set, is the most unique feature!

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#10 posted 11-11-2013 09:21 PM

Thank you all for your comments. As usual, it’s all about sharing here on LJ.

Confined at home because of hillness, my life is all about my shop and sharing what I come up with.



-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. --

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#11 posted 11-12-2013 05:03 PM

Wonderful idea. I’ve been wanting to build a chest with dovetail corners, this is just what I need. Thanks a bunch for the info.

-- Emmett, from Georgia

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#12 posted 12-08-2013 02:11 AM

Nice jig!

-- Greg D, Cen. CA, "Keep it on the Level, Do it Right the First Time!"

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#13 posted 01-24-2014 10:31 PM

Excellent project, many practical and good idea …

-- Lathe and my imagination will do everything to realize my dreams...Vanzemaljac

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