Dovetail alignment board/stablizer fence (non-fancy version) -- Domino joint

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Project by ChuckM posted 12-23-2013 03:33 PM 1904 views 2 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I first saw in the WOOD magazine a fence used to to keep boards properly aligned for dovetailing ( and then a similar jig used by people for handcut dovetailing work, now popularized by British furniture maker David Barron which he sells as the dovetail alignment boards.

As I was taught, I have been using a vise with a bench plane to transfer the tails to the pin boards. I decided to build an alignment jig – the non-fancy version (i.e. not spending the time to make the jig with a dovetail joint); I used the Domino joint.

The Domino is an amazing joinery tool: the whole project, from start to finish, including glue drying, took an hour or so.

-- The time I enjoy wasting is not time wasted

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#1 posted 12-24-2013 03:22 AM

I understand what you have done, how fast is was completed, and it’s purpose.

But I do have one question. How is different than a Zyliss vise which can hold two boards in that position?

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#2 posted 12-24-2013 05:11 AM


I never heard of the Z vise before ( The Z vise can do a lot more than just aligning two boards for laying out. Thanks for sharing that.


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