Can you cut full dovetails on a half blind dovetail jig?

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Forum topic by CanadaJeff posted 04-25-2009 02:05 PM 2164 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-25-2009 02:05 PM

I just started playing with my half blind dovetail jig, and while the half dovetails are working out its making me wonder just how far I can push the jig. Can you make full dovetails on a half blind jig? If so how is it done.


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#1 posted 04-25-2009 03:31 PM

You can buy a through dovetail template for your jig, then you will be able to make them, or you can just get out the handsaw and chisels and go that route.

-- Julian, Park Forest, IL

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#2 posted 04-25-2009 04:47 PM

Through dovetail needs different template and also one straight bit & one dovetail bit. The template has straight fingers and angled fingers. If you cannot find the template that fits in your jig, you may mount it to a wooden block like this :-

The advantage of using this simple jig is you can cut dovetail joints on board wider than the template length and not limited by the jig’s lenght. The bracket clamping system on the jig that limits the width of the board that can be cut on the jig.
I bought this at which is cheaper than at any other stores. The template come with easy to understand instructions to build the mounting block.
Good luck!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#3 posted 04-26-2009 06:27 AM

What kind of jig do you have ?

-- Don S.E. OK

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