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Saw an article about this jig to make dovetail pins on a tablesaw and I must say I am very pleased. You can make pins as skinny as you want, then using the pins to mark out the tails, make a couple quick cuts on the band saw, then chop out the remaining middle pin(s) with a chisel, much faster than by hand or using a commercial jig. I'm using it with a Freud box blade set up to cut 3/8" wide so I only need to make a couple passes to hog out the waste. I used a dovetail marking gauge and ruler to set the angle of the miter boards, mounted them to a piece of 1/2" MDF, added two runners to bottom waxed it up and cut the slots. Measures 13" wide, 12" long and the miter boards are 4" tall. Give it try and see if this works for you too.

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It looks like it works pretty good.
 

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This is a super great jig Tim .Do you know were that article came from?
 

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Looks like a good idea to me. Nice job, thanks.
 

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Yea, I'd like to see the article too. Very simple indeed.
 

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Looks like it-and you-do nice work. Any chance you could put together a blog on how to use it?
 

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I will look for the article or if I can't find it, post some instruction. Headin out the door on vacation for a week so it bare with me.
 

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That is a nice jig, Tim. I am sure a lot of us would like to put one of these in our shop.
 

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Thanks Tim. I think this is one of the smartest jigs I have ever seen.
 

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Nice! This is my next jig. I laid out 1:6 hand cut dovetails for my incense burner. Would I be able to assume that I could lay out that trapezoid with 1:6 sides, perpendicular to the table saw? How come the vertical boards don't have any cuts in them? Am I missing something, or had you not used the new jig yet when you took the photos?
 

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Cool. I would also like to see the reference posted. I just can't "wing it" on these jigs…
 

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Yeah, me too… I'd like to do one of these… but I'm not quite getting it. I like the concept… but I need to see or read a little more. Those sample or practice pieces look quite nice.
 

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I've been digging around trying yo find the magazine article
If you have them you might look at Fine woodworking issue # 120 page 54
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Shop notes issue # 108 page 41
let me know if you think if these are the same. or if the work the same.
 

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I have not found where I learned about this jig but I wrote up some instruction to use this jig here:

 

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Nice looking jig I'll give it a try Thanks…
 

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Thanks for the instructions
 

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The one from Fine Woodworking (Jeff Miller) was easy to build. I just cut a bunch of dovetails (pins) with the sled, and then marked the tails and cut with a bandsaw. Virtually no trimming to get a perfect fit.
 

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Thanks Fred that's cool
 

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Thanks Fred. That video is a good one to watch, the only difference is I flip the jig to make the second set of cuts and in the video he just works from the other side of the router table.
 

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That video is just what I was looking for… didn't come across it in my search. Thanks Fred and thanks Tim for your gig that got me to this point… a big help.
 
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