MLCS Dovetail jig

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Blog entry by bullit posted 01-17-2016 11:14 PM 572 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

Hello lumberjocks, I ‘m new here. Nickname is bullit and I’m quite an amateur to woodworking in most all respects. I have retired from iron work some time ago and recently 3yrs ago got into woodworking! As an newbe I am looking for hints ideas and instruction on the ‘Master joinery set’ from MLCS. I can’t seem to wrap my head around the orientation of the wood as marked on the setup and how to orient it into the jig.

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#1 posted 01-18-2016 04:15 AM

For half blind dovetails, orient the boards “inside out” with the show faces away from you. Drawer fronts go in the horizontal clamp to cut the dovetail sockets (pins). Drawer sides go in the vertical clamp to cut the tails. Depending on your jig, usually you rout both pieces at once with a dovetail bit.

For through dovetails, both boards go in the vertical clamp. Tail boards are inside out, but pin boards will face outward. Use the angled guides and a straight bit to cut the pins. Use the straight comb and a dovetail bit to cut the tails. Through dovetails are always routed in two separate steps.

I’m sure there is an online manual for your specific jig.
Good luck with it.

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