I found it difficult to saw exactly to the baseline consistently when making dovetail pins and tails. But this extremely simple jig guarantees absolute accuracy. It consists of a thin strip of wood, the width of which is determined by subtracting the depth of the dovetail from the width of the backsaw blade. Clamp the strip to the saw so that it is parallel to the sawteeth, and cut away until the strip bottoms out on the edge of the board. The result will be perfect stops at the baseline from front to back. Drawing by Jim Richey. Drawing by Jim Richey.
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