Bandsaw Dovetail Jig

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Project by Babieca posted 06-22-2014 11:41 PM 4231 views 2 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve decided to work on small projects for a bit to improve my skills. So when the lovely wife got me a small bandsaw for my birthday I thought this jig would be a good first project. It’s based on the one on Matthias Wandel’s site ( ), with a 10° angle.

I tried it out on some cherry scraps. The result was far from perfect, but a lot better than I’ve ever done by hand. I see a bunch of shop projects in my future while I work on my technique. A 1/8” blade might also help for finer joints.

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#1 posted 06-23-2014 06:00 PM

Dead link…

-- "I cut it twice and it's still too short"

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#3 posted 12-03-2014 06:32 PM

Many years ago I built this jig and tried to use it. First off, I found it intuitively difficult to use. Secondly, it seemed to require a great deal of help from the bandsaw; I had to change the band to a finer toothed one to get any kind of clean edges. And I like using my band saw with a nice fat resaw blade. So it wasn’t convenient.

So I decided the best bet was to practice making them by hand. This is what I do. It’s slow, but it works. I cheat a bit and route the tails, but the rest is simple enough. I went to a wood show once (that’s enough) and watched a guy make dovetail joint after dovetail joint by hand all day long. All perfect. He never broke a sweat. I figured it was not rocket science. Just had to work out my own technique. So put the jig away.

-- Whatever

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