|Forum topic by drewnahant||posted 03-19-2011 12:58 AM||1085 views||0 times favorited||7 replies|
03-19-2011 12:58 AM
Ok, so I just recently started trying to hand-cut dovetails, I have been looking at the angle marking jigs, and I think I like the design that looks like a crooked try-square, so first off, is this a good type of jig? assuming this is a good setup, I have been using my regular miter gauge, which is basically the same thing once it is set to the right angle. I want to make my own gauge, because I hate buying something I could build better. I figure, I may as well improve on thier design, so I drew up a design and I want to see what you think.
BRASS AND ROSEWOOD
- by extending it to a t-shape, I can position it better on the workpiece, so when Im working near the edge, the body can always be positioned on the long part instead of sticking off the end, and I can do so off of a single edge, so I am always referencing the same edge.
- by adding extra brass edges, it is able to be used to guide the dovetail saw at a perfect 90 degree angle to the piece, and by adding the raised section in the middle, it will rub against the side of the saw, and the kerf will not touch, but the part that sits on the face of the board will still be straight to use a marking knife.
- I used a 1:6 angle, rather than the 1:8 which seems to be the only angle you can get from the manufacturers. this is just a personal preference, not necessarily an improvement.
Since I dont have a lot of experience with hand-cutting dovetails yet, I would really appreciate your input before I build this.