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02-09-2010 06:37 PM

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has anyone built their own dovetail jig?

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#1 posted 02-09-2010 06:40 PM

There are a number of them here on LJs under jigs. I think and one or two on you tube also.

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#2 posted 02-09-2010 09:57 PM

In the 50s, if you wanted a DT jig, you had to make it. I made mine with hardboard from a template in a Deltagram. I remember that mine was NOT perfect and only good for materials I could persuade with a hammer! Then PC (I think) came out with a 12” HB DT jig and life was suddenly easy. Good luck and have fun.

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#3 posted 01-23-2011 01:41 AM

Where can I see photos or drawings of the 12” HB DT?

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#4 posted 01-23-2011 01:49 AM

shopnotes had a really nice plan for a shopmade dovetail jig in issue 43:

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#5 posted 01-23-2011 02:06 AM

Sorry, I never took any pictures then.

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#6 posted 01-23-2011 03:48 AM

I’ve never used this, but I think it’s a really cool concept – A jig
that allows you to make your own dovetail jigs:

I have made dovetail jigs… for the bandsaw. They work great.
I followed Mark Duginske’s method described in his first book
about bandsaws. I don’t know if the later, slimmer book has
the part on dovetailing.

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#7 posted 01-24-2011 01:22 AM

I’ve not done this one, but it fits your bill:

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#8 posted 01-24-2011 02:16 AM

I made a finger joint jig once for 1” wide finger joints using
an Incra table saw fence. The sawtooth racks on the Incra
were dead-accurate so once I worked out the spacing for
3 fingers, the rest were just cut in a mathematical series. I
think with some creativity the same method could be used
to make dovetail jigs.

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