I was searching the internet and came across these plans for a dovetail jig:
It is from an old Woodsmith magazine. Has anyone tried to make this jig, or
another DIY dovetail jig themselves? I've been thinking about the mechanics
of cutting dovetails, and it seems to me that it shouldn't be that hard to
make one. Any additional information will be greatly appreciated.
I haven't seen the Woodsmith issue. My own shop-built dovetail
jig can be seen at http://www.iedu.com/DeSoto/cnc_joinery.html
The jig was inexpensive; but the router was a killer (speed
controllable in 0.1 RPM increments from 0 - 24,000 RPM, 5 HP
available over the whole range).
I have not tried to make a complete jig. The generic blue monster jigs are
so cheap and do a decent job with half-blind dovetails that it don't seem
worth the effort. However, I have made my own templates to use with my blue
monster that allow me to cut through dovetails. Could send some pictures if
you are interested.
Having just purchased one of the 'blue monsters' from Harbor Freight I'd be
very interested in pictures and any construction and setup/use hints you
could offer regarding through dovetail templates. Perhaps you could post
them to alt.binaries.pictures.woodworking for all to see. If you prefer to
email note that the anti-spam 'DOT' must be deleted from my email address.
I read a review of the JET dovetail jig on amazon that basically said that
the harbor freight version is somehow sub-standard as far as fit and finish
goes. Is there any truth to this? The jigs from HF, JET, Grizzly, and
Rockler all look identical but vary in price from $39.99 to $79.99. I know
the Rockler ($79.99) comes with the necessary template guide and bit, but I
believe that the rest are jigs only. Any comments from owners of the
Haven't seen any of the dovetail jig imports in the flesh except the HF
version. However, see my comments in the following thread regarding the HF
version and Eric Anderson's comments concerning improvements he made to the
very similar, but not completely identical, Woodstock International version.
On other products (specifically HF's $149 horizontal/vertical metal cutting
bandsaw) I visually compared it to Jet's comparable, but more expensive,
product and found that the Jet did indeed have some slightly different, and
better, engineering design details.
All considered, I felt that I got my money's worth with the HF product (both
the dovetail jig and the bandsaw referenced above). Note that I'm a
hobbiest; I only buy at their sale prices; I don't buy sight unseen; and I'm
prepared to do a bit of tweaking and modifying if needed.
I made it and it works great. Have tried several of the blue monsters
and while they probably work well for soft woods, I had trouble with
them when making drawers out of 1/2 inch oak. The vibration caused
movement of the sides in the jig. I beleive the problem is with the bars
that are used to hold the sides in place. While they look impressive,
they do bend every so slight and allow for movement. The Woodsmith jig
has oak bars that do not bend. I really like it.
With shrinkwrap licenses, it doesn't have to be on the Rockler website.
By your act of breaking the seal on the product, you are agreeing to all
terms and conditions in the license accompanying the package, so by opening
the package without reading the license, for all you know you may be
agreeing to become Bill Gate's towel boy in his new mansion (obscure
Dilbert reference) in exchange for getting to use the product. Your
agreement is not with Rockler, but with the weasels selling the jig. IMHO,
(IANAL) such an agreement on a tool would not be very likely to withstand a
court challenge, but then who wants to go through the hassle, you're better
off finding another product that does not have such an egregious and
arrogant opinion of itself. Ed Foster's gripe line in Infoworld has had
quite a bit of fun with this extreme example of "sneakwrap" licensing.
The EULA is not on any website you buy your software from, nor is it
printed on the outside of the box. Try to get your money back after
you open the software box. To my knowledge EULA has not been
challened in court yet.
Any company which dis-respects their customers with a tool as Stotts
does, does not deserve my business.
email@example.com (Alan W) wrote in
I've read a bit of the website shrinkware announcement. As I understand
it, Stottswhatever his name is doesn't want you to go in business with
*his* system and start making jigs with it for everyone you know, or loan
it to all your "friends" so they can do it themselves. I think that is a
somewhat reasonable request. However, if I can freely share my router or
drill to my friends, I think I should be able to do a similar thing with
some other "tool" that I have bought. Therefore, I do not feel encumbered
by his request (unfortunately I do not (yet) know many people who could
conceivably be interested in it).
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