Dovetail Jig Support Box

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Project by SnowyRiver posted 01-07-2009 01:51 AM 6739 views 5 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a good weekend project. I decided to build a box mount for my dovetail jig. The box not only raises the jig up from the workbench so its easier to use, but it also allows me to easily clamp it to the bench.

I made the box from scrap poplar. Of course I dovetailed the top board to the sides, and used a dado to attach the sides to the base. I left ears on the bottom sides so I can clamp it to the bench. The box has a door on the backside. For hinges, I used some scrap piano hinges. The inside of the box can be used for storage of dovetail jig parts. I bolted the jig to the top of the box and put some handles on the sides so it can be easily carried.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#1 posted 01-07-2009 02:37 AM

I love this! I have been thinking of a good way to bolt mine to something that I can easily clamp to the bench. I hope you don’t mind if I copy your design.

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#2 posted 01-07-2009 02:48 AM

That’s a really good idea. Nice work!

-- BigEd, sawdust maker in Ohio

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#3 posted 01-07-2009 02:49 AM

What a great idea! I just got my first dovetail jig, haven’t even used it yet, but would like go that “route” to get it off the bench.

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#4 posted 01-07-2009 03:35 AM

That is real handy looking!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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matt garcia

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#5 posted 01-07-2009 03:38 AM

Man I never knew poplar stained that well!! Is that a gel stain? This is a nice project, much better than my dovetail jig riser. Great job!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#6 posted 01-07-2009 04:01 AM

Thanks for all the nice comments folks. And no problem using the design…I thought I would post it in case someone else wanted to do this, or maybe modify it in some way for their own use. Since I am tall, I always seemed to have to get on my knees on the floor to adjust the router depth when the jig was sitting on the bench. I am getting too old to get back up again. ha ha ha. Its perfect now.

Matt, the stain is Cabot’s regular oil base stain.


-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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Todd Thomas

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#7 posted 01-07-2009 01:07 PM

Great idea…glad you came up with it!!

-- Todd, Oak Ridge, TN, Hello my name is Todd and I'm a Toolholic, I bought my last tool 10 days, no 4 days, oh heck I bought a tool on the way here! †

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#8 posted 01-07-2009 01:28 PM

Love it! I just got my dovetail jig delivered yesterday. I’ll be adding that to my “project list” and moving it close to the top. Thanks.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#9 posted 01-07-2009 11:12 PM

Very nice job indeed ….No frills , just function : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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Bob #2

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#10 posted 01-07-2009 11:55 PM

Nice job and way better than mine.
I did the same thing with mine last Sunday.
I needed some height on the bench and that storage area needs a door on mine.


-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#11 posted 03-26-2009 03:50 PM

A great idea, & it looks real handy.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#12 posted 07-19-2011 02:00 AM

Shee’s a bobby dazzler.

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