The sliding dovetail is an ideal joint for joining shelves to a case piece, legs to a pedestal table, and a variety of other furniture components that require strong, mechanically locking joints. In this video excerpt from the DVD Router Jigs and Techniques, Pennsylvania-based woodworker Bernard Maas demonstrates the steps to cutting the dovetail-shaped mortise and tenon with a router. 

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Router Jigs and Techniques
with Bernard Maas and Michael Fortune
Discover dozens of ways that the router can be used to increase your productivity -- and creativity -- in the shop. Learn techniques for making spline edge joints, routing mortises and tenons, and routing with a pattern. Also included are plans for the demonstrated router jigs.

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Router Jigs and Techniques