Popular Woodworking 2007-12 № 166, страница 51

Popular Woodworking 2007-12 № 166, страница 51



72 ■ Popular Woodworking December 2007

by JIG

Two methods to move beyond the limitations of a fixed-space dovetail jig.



ome of us just don't have the time, patience or skill to produce hand-cut dovetail joints and instead resort to one of the numerous dovetail jigs available on the market. However, at several hundred dollars apiece, not everyone can justify the expense of a variable-space jig, such as the Leigh D4R. Even if you do happen to own this fine jig, for certain applications I find it easier and more efficient to use a simpler jig. For example, when building cabinets or furniture for my workshop I usually don't want to spend the time setting up my Leigh D4 (yes, I do own one). However, I still want the dovetail joinery to have aesthetic appeal.

I've experimented with a number of dovetail router bit sizes and cutting angles and, using a basic fixed-finger dovetail jig, have refined two techniques that greatly improve the overall aesthetics of the resulting half-blind dovetail joint. In addition, with a bit of planning, and within certain limitations, it is even possible to create "variable-spaced" half-blind dovetails with this "fixed-finger" jig.

Dovetail Jig Geometry

In order to fully utilize these techniques, it is helpful to have an understanding of the geometry surrounding the dovetail j oint produced by the fixed-finger jig. Although jigs of this type generally operate the same way (that is, the pins and tails are produced in a single

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