How to Cut Dovetails on the Tablesaw
Learn how to cut better, faster through-dovetails using your tablesaw and a standard rip blade
Let’s face it, cutting dovetails by hand takes a great deal of time, patience, and skill. So when faced with a daunting amount of dovetails, furnituremaker Gregory Paolini turns to his tablesaw. Paolini uses a standard rip blade in combination with two tall auxiliary fences attached to a standard miter gauge. The technique yields accurate dovetail joinery with a hand-cut look. What’s more, you’ll have very minimal chisel work to do after your workpieces come off the saw.
In this short video, Fine Woodworking senior editor Matt Kenney demonstrates Paolini’s technique, guiding you through every step of the process.