A simple dovetail jig work station

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Project by b2rtch posted 01-15-2011 06:21 PM 7115 views 7 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this dovetail jig work station using scrap only ( a good use for them).
This also gives me plenty storage for future guides and “stuff”.
Now I just have to learn how to use the jig!
Thank you for watching and have an excellent day.

-- Bert

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#1 posted 01-15-2011 06:52 PM

Very cool, I love the comment I just have to learn to use it. I think I have a tool or two like that. Nice Job!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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Orion Woods

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#2 posted 01-15-2011 08:18 PM

look through the reviews for this product on here and you will find a link to a better set of instructions on it’s use.

-- Brian

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#3 posted 01-15-2011 08:53 PM

very nice stand, i have this same jig. It was my first and it is very easy to use.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://[email protected]

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#4 posted 01-15-2011 09:21 PM

Orion Woods, thank you .
I already have the better instructions

-- Bert

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#5 posted 01-15-2011 09:50 PM

You jig looks similar to one that Harbor Freight sells. Did you get yours there?

-- Doug

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#6 posted 01-15-2011 09:54 PM

Yes, my wife bought it for my birthday.
She is a very good wife.

-- Bert

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#7 posted 01-16-2011 02:28 AM

I have the same dovetail jig, I gave up on learning to use it an went back to hand cut, hope you have better luck.

-- Robert-maine

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#8 posted 01-16-2011 04:42 AM

Great idea. I have the Porter Cable version. It looks like they operate the same. Very easy to use once you learn the basics of how it works. I’m going to have to build one of these. It would be a great place to store the extra templates that I can never seem to find a good place for. However, it does seem a bit blasphemous to have a dovetail jig box that doesn’t have any dovetail joints… ;) Thanks!

-- Ian, Tennessee

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#9 posted 01-16-2011 05:34 AM

Have had the same from HF for years, works great. Great idea for the work station

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#10 posted 01-16-2011 02:28 PM

When I read reviews for just about any product, for example on Amazon, I am always amazed that for the very same product some people give 5 stars and some people hate the product.
Same thing with this jig, some people say that it is very easy to learn and to use and some give up trying to use it.

I am somewhere in the middle.
I spent the day yesterday trying to cut a good dovetail so far with no success but I did not yet gave up.
I have used two different manuals and a wood magazine instruction to try to figure this thing out but there is something wrong in the instruction ( even the better manual) or , most likely, there I just don’t get it.
I know that in the better manual, the chart with the distance between the fence and the end of the guide is wrong as if I set my jig by the given instruction my dovetail are always way to deep.

Interestingly enough I found out that the first dovetail bit that I was using is undersized by quite a bit.
I went to buy another one.

-- Bert

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#11 posted 01-16-2011 11:52 PM

Nice job. If you knew how to use the jig, you could have dovetailed that box the jig is on haha. I have the EZ Pro Dovetail Jig that I got at Home Depot for $40 and it works great! Very easy to learn and use, it also does box joints:


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#12 posted 01-17-2011 12:00 AM

Kyle ,
Are you not the person who just reviewed this jig and noticed that it was too short?
The HF jig also does finger joints with the proper guide.

-- Bert

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#13 posted 01-19-2011 01:02 AM

Bert, I got the same one from harbor frieght and it took a while to get used to the way you set it up but since then it has been just fine. Not sure which manual you got but I found about 4 different ones and they were all different in one way or another. Have to check when I can dig them out but I think the best one I found came from Woodstock International Inc. for thier D2796 machine and they also make templates for other size dovetails as well as box joints .You can download the manual from thier site if it’s not the one you got.Grizzly also sells it as model H0983 and has thier Manual on line for download as well.
Also there is another post here on LJ about the same one and a link to Router Forums where a guy has some very good tips on adjusting it and a couple of mods to make it easy to do.

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#14 posted 01-19-2011 01:27 PM

Racer, thank you for all your information.
I already have the better manual but even this one is not too good and I also already made the modifications to my jig.
I Just need to play with it some more.

-- Bert

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#15 posted 03-12-2011 04:26 AM

Bert thats a nice dovetail workstation.

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