Tool Tip #31: Using the Standard Gifkins Dovetail Jig with timber wider than the recommended 310mm

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Blog entry by robscastle posted 08-12-2017 02:55 AM 1306 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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The Gifkins Dovetail Jig set up with the Standard template B10 series template has a recommended dimensions of:- 14mm up to 22mm with a maximum width of 310mm.

The additional pieces I added to my Toolmakers Chest pushed the width in paticular to 325mm, too big to fit between the Jigs Sliding stops.
So to re route my project I removed the Sliding stops and aligned the existing tails and pins by feel and eye.

Note: To be able to do this accurately you should have new sacrificial backboards fitted so that re alignment is possible with existing cut outs otherwise it may not work as well.

How I did it.

First up I removed one Sliding stop and aligned the previous cutouts with the backing board.

Then set the height of the cutters from the existing profiles and away I went.

The new timber ready to be cut is visible on the left.

Once it was cut I then needed to duplicate the cut on the opposite side so off came the other Sliding stop.

I didnt take a picture of the view looking underneath but I guess you will understand what I saw to align everything perfectly.

Gifkins do make a jumbo Jig (see specs picture above. Which I dont have, so I had to make do.

-- Regards Rob

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#1 posted 08-12-2017 10:03 PM

And you did a fine job…well done!!

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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