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#1 posted 07-24-2016 11:55 PM

If you have the passion for learning how to make hand cut dovetails, go that way. It sounds, though, that until now you’ve felt no real urge, and it’s now mostly to satisfy a customer’s request, so I’d say go with a dovetail jig- not as artistic, creative, or flexible, but a much, much easier learning curve.

Next, find out what this customer specifically wants: half blind or through dovetails, fixed or variable spacing. If he/she just likes the ideal of “dovetails”, and not too particular beyond that, I’d get a cheap jig like the one you can get at HF to make fixed spacing half blinds. make the dovetails and be done with it. If the customer wants a less manufactured look to the dovetails, get a Leigh jig, which is about as good as you can get short of hand cut dovetails. If you’re thinking of making more dovetails beyond this customer’s project, definitely go with the Leigh.

There are lots of youtube videos showing how various jigs work.

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