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Forum topic by CanadaJeff posted 04-24-2009 09:13 PM 1109 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-24-2009 09:13 PM

This really isn’t a question, but I thought I would share my findings for other dovetail rookies out there. I recently picked up a dovetail jig and will be trying it out this weekend. The instructions that it came with were pretty bad, lacked pictures and explainaitions on how to set it up and what to adjust when your dovetails dont turn out quite right.

In searching through guidance I came across a online manual for another jig. While the jig is different from mine, the general explanations and setup techniques described I found to be useful and easily understandable. Perhaps this type of guidance is also useful for other dovetail rookies like myself!

To those who are interested. Here is the manual I found to be useful.

I will be sure to post my immaculate sucess or complete and utter failure after the weekend!
Have a great weekend everyone


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#1 posted 04-25-2009 02:53 AM

Thanks for the post. I have two unknown brand jugs wife bought at a garage sail I may now give them a try.

-- Larry "Work like a Captain but Play like a Pirate!"

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#2 posted 04-25-2009 03:17 AM

Nothing wrong with jigs, I have no experience with them, but I am sure I will get one down the line sometime. I am hand cutting dovetails. I just love the idea that I can play with the spacing and the size to get different looks. Please do let us know how you make out.

-- Retired from Active Duty

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#3 posted 04-25-2009 03:30 AM

Good luck with the jig. I got frustrated for the same reason you describe. Try hand cutting Dovetails. It is not a daunting as you think. I have found that as long as I am making 1 or 2 drawers I am done before the dovetail jig is set up. Well maybe not a 100% done but well on my way. Now it has taken some practice but there and there is a bit of personal pride that goes along with it. Good luck.

-- Marc

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