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Project by Ivan posted 11-28-2012 03:55 PM 6690 views 4 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my home made CMT300 dovetail and box joint jig with home made ’’universal’’ router plate with guide.
It’s made of MDF and pine. I only bought metal template, guide and few screws.
I found instruction manual on internet to help me make it. It cost me about 100$ instead 350$ if I bought complete set.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#1 posted 11-28-2012 04:02 PM

looks good ivan

another satisfied customer

you can send any money saved to me

i’ll make sure it gets refunded
after it has been processed

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 11-28-2012 05:03 PM

Nice dovetail jig, Ivan. it is great to make your own tools. You appreciate them more that way!!

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

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#3 posted 11-28-2012 05:44 PM

COOL! I have a PC dovetail jig. I paid about $170 for mine. It’s a great machine! Looks like yours is really cool! I like the wood knobs on the jig.

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#4 posted 11-28-2012 05:52 PM

Hello Ivan

A very nice jig
A very nice work
I like it I must make one like this

Your router a bosch 1400.
Are you happy with it?

Thanks for sharing

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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#5 posted 11-28-2012 05:52 PM

Great build. ... I made the one in Woodsmith Magazine years ago. It is very similar to yours and I still use it today for the half blind dovetails.
I hope that you enjuy yours as much as I have mine.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#6 posted 11-28-2012 06:32 PM

Thank you all for coments. I’m more than sure I will enjoy use it.
Diggerjack, yes it’s Bosch1400 the best, strongest and most expensive in Bosch green.
I’m very happy with it. Only thing that was broken very fast was bellow light that lights router bit when you are working. I didn’t bother to fix it, I don’t realy need it.
One thing which is little different than my previous router is that there are two start buttons you must keep presing while you working. You can’t just switch it on and work. Something like hand circular saw.
Sometimes it could be irritating.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#7 posted 11-28-2012 10:36 PM

I have a small dovetail jig (store bought about 12 inches long). I needed a longer one for some deep drawers I was making so I made one. I used 4 inch channel iron for the base and copied the other template from the smaller jig. I made all my cuts with my router. Worked just as well as a bought jig. Thanks for posting. It is good to see that some others out there don’t mind stepping up to the challenge.

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#8 posted 11-29-2012 12:00 AM

Nice looking jig.

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#9 posted 11-29-2012 10:29 AM

Nice one, Ivan. Great setup. Thanks for sharing.
I planned to make (although I’d bought this which is a piece of sh….ellac….) something similar but eventually I voted for sliding dovetails so another jig is needed.
350$ for that commercial jig??! This one costs only 120€ though it cuts only half blind dovetails. (Ivan, do you know any e-supplier for woodworkers in Europe? I only know them.)
I have the same router with the same (tiny) problem. That’s my hand-held router for most of the projects. In table I would recommend the biggest blue one. That router is fantastic. I should post a review on it.
That dual button start without locking can really bother me as well. Although I greatly appreciate the safety level of it. (For example the blue monster has a locking mechanism and it’s really scary to think of the router catching something it shouldn’t when it’s locked…) I think we should use them locked only in tables.
I understand the need for the baseplate… I couldn’t find Bosch collets in imperial measurement… (I would tend to solve that problem by paying someone to CNC a metric template out of aluminium or something similar and I could use Bosch’s metric collets.)
Thanks for sharing again. Work safe.

-- What are those few hours of mine compared to those decades Mother Nature has put in it!

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#10 posted 11-29-2012 11:29 AM

Hi Johnny,
Try with Italian CMT (the one I copied) or German Wolfcraft (they have also half blind dovetail and straight box joint jig)

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#11 posted 12-03-2012 04:31 AM

Great jig on a budget build Ivan now lets see some dovetail projects !
Thanks for the post always appreciate this kind of project .

-- Kiefer

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#12 posted 12-03-2012 04:30 PM

Thanks Kiefer,I hope it will be soon.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#13 posted 01-28-2019 02:48 PM

Hi Ivan
My name is Ivan too but I’m from Bulgaria.
I bought the similar metal template but can’t find instruction how to use it .
Can you help me about that ?

I found instruction manual on internet to help me make it.

- majuvla

Can you remember where these instructions came from?

-- Ivan BG

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#14 posted 01-28-2019 03:25 PM

and you saved so much money on top of it all GREAT JOB :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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