Shopmade Templates Simplify Dovetail Layout
Aluminum flashing is transformed into simple patterns for laying out multiple dovetail joints with ease
Being a full-time woodworking instructor means Mario Rodriguez has to invent techniques that effectively speed up the construction process while not impacting the quality of his students’ projects. When it comes to laying out dovetail-after-dovetail—think multiple drawers on a tall dresser—Rodriguez turned to aluminum flashing for a quick assist.
By laying out his dovetail pattern on a sheet of aluminum step flashing, he creates a reusable template that’s perfect for laying out multiple drawer sides of the same dimension. The flashing is thin enough to score with a utility knife and then cut with scissors—leaving a crisp template that will offer years of trouble-free service.