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Dean J

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1490 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: dovetail jig dovetail bit question

Dovetail Jig

So, a good friend who closed his woodshop gave me a homemade dovetail jig, and then moved outta town.

What he didn’t give me was the size of bit I need to have, or size of template guide, or instructions on how to use the thing. Help?

He had to get the plastic inserts from somewhere, but I don’t know where, unfortunately. The bottom one, with larger teeth, has teeth about .435” wide, and about the same size gap in-between. The top one, with smaller teeth, has teeth just over .15” wide, and a gap of about .315”.

No idea how to figure this one out without a lot of trial and error.


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Dean J

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#1 posted 1490 days ago

Okay, my assumption is that I need a straight bit and a dovetail bit, and a template guide. I take off one set of teeth and set it aside based on if I want a small or large dovetail.

But the sizes of the bits and templates, I dunno. What the heck do y’all use?

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#2 posted 1490 days ago

I am afraid you are in the deep ca ca on this one. Dovetail jigs – and those templates – are designed with a specific bit and collar in mind. Without knowing who made it or an instruction sheet this could get expensive as you try all of the possible combinations. A friend of mine got a dovetail jig the same way and lacking the same information and he wound up nailing it to the shop wall as a reminder to not do that again.

-- Tom Hintz, www.newwoodworker.com

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jusfine

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#3 posted 1490 days ago

I agree with Tom, could be costly, but would be fun to try…

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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ajosephg

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#4 posted 1490 days ago

Well – it does exihibit great workmanship. It will look good on your wall! :)

Seriously – you might be able to find the source of the templates by seaching the web.

-- Joe

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Michael Murphy

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#5 posted 1490 days ago

Can’t you call and ask him?

-- Michael Murphy, Woodland, CA.

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Chuck Anstrom

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#6 posted 1490 days ago

Contact Woodsmith. They sold this jig about 15 years ago.

-- Chuck Anstrom - Virginia

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Dean J

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#7 posted 1489 days ago

I’d asked him about the bit sizes before, he didn’t know.

This time, I asked him “where’d you get the plan”, he said the same thing that Chuck posted; Woodsmith.

JACKPOT!

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