Marking Frame for Hand-Cut Dovetails
Inspired by the tool cabinets featured in Fine Woodworking #105, I decided to construct a cabinet for my own tools. Because the design called for eight hand-dovetailed drawers, I needed a quick way to transfer the dovetail layout from the drawer side to the drawer front. I also wanted to ensure that the edges of the top and sides were in the same plane to eliminate any twist in the assembled drawer. So I built a simple right-angle frame with short fences on both edges. This frame allows me to align and clamp the two pieces to be marked. The frame keeps them in perfect registration.
Alan Cleven, Pointe Claire, Que., Canada
Fine Woodworking Magazine, April 1996 No. 117