Cheap Tablesaw Dovetail Jig And Marking Guide

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I have a project coming up and I wanted to try to use some dovetails. They have always evaded me in the past and I have always avoided using them thus far. I do like the look of them and they have recently found their way into my shop.

I have watched Jay Bates and a few other YouTube woodworkers start using them in their work. I guess they have sparked my interest.

So, for a Dovetail Marker I used my 10 inch compound miter saw. I used it to cut a 10 degree angle on both ends of a scrap 2×4. Then made a cut out so I could place it on the edges of your project piece. Done. I like the 10 degree angle so far.

From there just made some quick marks to test it. LOL!!! Well, its a marking guide indeed. Pen worked. Guide Worked. Check!!! Done with the easy part.

Making the cuts were not as simple. JK, it was. Without moving the miter saw angle I made a few cut offs with the same angle on them.

I made a quick and dirty sled and glued and screwed the cutoffs to it. This was the part that was only marginally more complicated than I had anticipated.

Tail side.

Pin side.

My jig needs to have a 10 degree cutoff to the right of the blade for added support I think with this the safety would be greatly improved. Overall it got the job done with only scrap from my shop.

A dovetail tool box.

As others have mentioned, a little practice and I imagine the dovetails will be nearly perfect. The first test run was pretty tight and the fit was nearly spot on without even using a chisel. Not a bad start. (Don’t mind the one over cut spot. Its my first try and its only in some scrap. I will probably try it out again tomorrow and see if the results are better.)

If you are interested in more by me check my other projects. If you enjoyed this, check out my facebook page. Creative Wood Works Hybla Valley.

-- Travis, Virginia,

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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 07-24-2016 03:39 PM

Looks like you got a good joint there. I need to try some of these too!!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#2 posted 07-25-2016 03:16 AM

I definitely need to refine mine. It seems to be a good method.

-- Travis, Virginia,

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