Dovetails are traditionally associated with quality furniture and woodworking, but not everyone has the time to learn and practice hand cutting dovetails and for this, there are a number of commercial dovetail jigs available. This video is to help those who are using these jigs to understand how they work and how best to set them up. Note, the jig shown here is NOT for “thru dovetails” it is designed for Half Blind Dovetails.
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Wow 9 years ago. I got my dovetail jig last year and havent used it yet. You made it looks easy. I just want to ask if i can use any power capacity of plunge router for this jig.
Great video! The Sears Craftsman instructions are horrible! You simplified so much, not sure why they have to muddy up the process!
I know this is a really old video but it was very helpful. My grandfather had so many woodworking tools but we were never able to learn together. Included was an old sears craftsman version of this jig. Going to try this out soon!
Excellent explanation. Rb
Good job, but you leave me thinking you have not used this jig much.
Mine came with no instructions at all, then I thought utube and hear you are , fantastic I’m now “clued up” good on you Collin ❤️
Recently was given a Craftsman jig by a friend with no manual. Your video clarified a lot of things. Now if you could show how to make through dovetails useful for box joints that would be fantastic. Thanks and keep up the good work.
Really helpful and clear demonstration. Thank you.
Excellent! Thank you
CMT 300 can make through dovetail joints with extra template. Can show us a video with T129 or T190 template?
Well done, learned a lot. I have a 16" craftsman jig with no instructions. Think i can figure it out from here… Thanks for posting the video.
Love the video but your router is way overkill for dovetails lol. I got the new woodriver jig and love it. Making beehives and selling them
This jig are only for drawer or you can make boxes? For dovetail boxes need another template or you can't do boxes with this jig?
Hi Colin – thanks for a great video! Can you say any more about how such a jig can be used to cut through dovetails? Like you I bought my jig (an old ELU one that looks just like the one in the video) only to find it can't do through dovetails straight out the box.
I have a similar Craftsman Dovetail Template jig that I use about once every two years – just enough time to completely forget how it's done. This video is tremendously instructive for setup and use of the template. Watching the video has saved me hours of frustration, and many discarded drawer sides. Thank you Colin!
Nice video. It would have been helpful to hear how you decide the proper width of your boards so that the half pins are symmetrical.
What is the country of industry and how much is it
This video, is without a doubt, the most comprehensive instructions I've ever heard on the use of Dovetail jigs. I would love to have had someone explain their use to me 40 years ago, the way you just explained to the world. Thank you.
Can you use the half dovetail for making boxes?
Well Colin considering the difficult subject of today’s video. I say you did well. Every video I have seen on ANY of these types of jigs have all been very confusing. Which makes me think that these jigs are a pain to use , or at the very least, difficult to get set up correctly.
I have been thinking of purchasing one of these for every now and then projects. I’m wondering, in your opinion, is a guy better off either. Buying a higher end one that comes complete with everything you need and not have to go out and buy this attachment and that attachment for the cheaper version. ( which in the long run probably costs as much as a good PoterCable jig) OR just do it the old fashion way with a pull say and a hammer and chisel. OR use your router and make your own jig ( that only possible if you are a skilled wood worker)? So what advice would you give me as a newbie to wood working . Thanks for all your time and effort pounding out these great instructional videos.👍
I received one of these types of jigs from a purchase i made and the gentleman threw them in the deal last minute. I haven't had a manual or anything to figure them out. this is super helpful.
Yes practice first
NI idea de ingles pero la imagen es muy ilustrativa . Gracias
Fine Video! I like it and will learn from You, Sir! Colin You are the best of instrks. and fine to learn from. You tell the good and not so good, that is so good!
from where buy this cmt jig ?
What is the speed of routing?
Your video should be suplied with jig…
Your videos are really great. Well thought through and very helpful. Thanks for taking the time to do this.
wow, this was incredibly helpful. Thank you!
brilliant colin as always, just one small suggestion, if each outward face had a coloured referance (tape maybe) and each joint was colour referanced, I think the understanding of your video would be idiot proof, I should know, I'm that idiot lol, keep posting Colin and once again, a big thanks. from Garry from the UK
Thank you for posting this. I'm about to buy a used one and it's great to see how to use it, you have given me confidence. I'd like to see the through dovetail template, and also how to make box comb joints.
Best explanation that I've seen on u tube
I am learning how to make a dove tail joint—- this vid was REALLY a lot of help… Thank You!!
Very very beautiful. The best video over CMT 300 I saw.
Best tutorial I have seen on this, legend.
Hi! Thanks so much for the tutorial! I just bought a simple jig from Lee Valley but I can't figure out how to make through dovetails. Do you know anywhere I can find a similar video on that with a jig like this? Thanks again!!
Congratulations on the correct spelling of 'through'. 🙂
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How many degrees is your dovetail bit?
Nice Explanation and detail Video , Thanks
Nice clear video. Glad I bought a Gifkin jig. So much easier to use for dovetails
Thanks very much. Extremely helpful.
Thanks. Getting back to woodworking and was trying to remember about the commercial jig I purchased a long time ago. Also, liked your later video on box joints. First rate.