These two jigs are easy to make, and simple to use. One is for the router table, the other is used with a hand-held router. Both will cut through-dovetail pins (the tails are cut with a band saw, scroll saw or jig saw). The hand-held router jig will also enable you to cut half-blind dovetails as well. Both jigs are demonstrated in the videos below, and there’s another video about laying out your joints.
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This basic plan includes a dimensioned cut list and simple drawings so you can see how it goes together. I recommend you also watch the free videos below for additional tips.
- Basic PDF Plans (dimensions, cut list and basic assembly drawings)
- Dimensions: Inches
- Tools required: Circular saw, drill, router
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Laying out your dovetail joints:
Using the router table dovetail jig:
Half-blind dovetails with the clamp-on jig:
Through-dovetails with the clamp-on jig:
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