Der Zinkenknecht, a Dovetail Jig

comments (24) October 23rd, 2012 in Jigs

bassfabrik bassfabrik, member
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Thats my Zinkenknecht
Here you can see the paper template
You can rout through dovetails
and halfblind dovetails
Thats my Zinkenknecht - CLICK TO ENLARGE

That's my Zinkenknecht

This is my new dovetail Jig. It works with paper Templates just printed off form a CAD programm for positioning the Router. It works very precise and dustfree like a professional one. 

posted in: Jigs, dovetail jig

Comments (24)

Larrythewoodguy Larrythewoodguy writes: Sometimes fabricating a jig is just as rewarding as building a fine piece of furniture...
Posted: 8:52 am on July 20th

decarlowoodworks decarlowoodworks writes: Nice jig, I bet it works great. I think I'll stick to my LN dovetail saw, it takes up a lot less room in the shop!
Posted: 5:30 pm on July 17th

FILYAW FILYAW writes: Not enough information on this jig to see if it will do the job or not. It looks like to me that it may be a copy of the woodrat.
Posted: 8:12 am on July 15th

rdcoker rdcoker writes: I long ago sold my dovetail router templates for the simple reason that setup was to complicated!! Learning to cut dovetails is a one day event setup for a lifetime and you can easily remember how to setup for the next time without reading a manual. And the results of a handcut dovetail cannot be replicated by a jig. Just sayin.
Posted: 8:00 am on July 15th

jlwoggy jlwoggy writes: Are we losing focus on the craft the art of woodworking and always looking for the softer easier way. the length of time to build the jig is probably the length of time you need to practice cutting dovetails. Thats my rant I could be wrong
Posted: 11:23 am on July 14th

frontrow1 frontrow1 writes: after 55 years i think ive worked out women, but this one is a whole new ball game and my mother is german and so is my wife, go figure
launceston (tazzie)
Posted: 7:15 pm on July 13th

woodie49 woodie49 writes: Has anyone built one?
Posted: 7:13 pm on July 13th

woodie49 woodie49 writes: 18 Euros = 23.51 US Dollar

Posted: 6:54 pm on July 13th

GivinUp GivinUp writes: I don't speak German, have a really hard time with metric measurements and don't have a CAD program (unless you count SketchUp) but I do have Wudworks plug-in. Do the plans come with English translation, Imperial dimensions? Will Wudworks plug-in on a SketchUp diagram give me a workable template?
Posted: 12:48 pm on July 13th

dansanc dansanc writes: "Zinkenknecht" can be translated as "dovetail helper".
Posted: 12:30 pm on July 13th

dfrangipane dfrangipane writes: It looks like the basic premise mimics the Woodrat.
Posted: 9:30 am on July 13th

gbear1 gbear1 writes: The results are very nice!
Posted: 9:10 am on July 13th

love wood love wood writes:
Posted: 8:36 am on July 13th

GIwoodworker GIwoodworker writes: http://www.smartwoodworking.net/baupläne-plans/der-zinkenknecht/

This link will give you a short video (with English subtitles) and a place to purchase plans for 18 Euros. (Not sure what that comes to in dollars.)

Anyone figure out what "Zinkenknecht" means? One on-line translator says, "Zinc Servant" which I sort of like.
Posted: 7:11 am on July 13th

Barry143 Barry143 writes: Are you the guy who decided where to put the oil filter on my previous car?
Posted: 7:02 am on July 13th

4DThinker 4DThinker writes: Looks like a way to clamp your boards vertically, a way to move up and down the edge, a way to align with center marks for each dovetail or straight cut, and a template for both type to follow once clamped in place. Clever aspect is single template and moving the template rather than how most dovetail jigs work.

On one photo it looks like one straight slot was already damaged when pulling up the router, so that's why there are two. I could be wrong.
Posted: 6:50 am on July 13th

woodrat59 woodrat59 writes: Awesome! I cut my dovetails with a dovetail saw, or Tage Frid bow saw, very sharp chisels and a mallet...where did I go wrong?
Posted: 4:55 am on July 13th

DonzoB DonzoB writes: There doesn't seem to be much information here. How is it built, how does it work?

Posted: 4:52 am on July 13th

johnkernaghan johnkernaghan writes: It looks very interesting would love to build one , do you have plans available for it ?
Posted: 12:36 am on December 13th

Dirk_H Dirk_H writes: Hi,

for those who try to find plans:
It seems that http://www.smartwoodworking.net is the (new) homepage of the guy who made the jig.

By the way: very cool jig :)
Posted: 2:46 am on December 6th

Longboatman Longboatman writes: where do I find plans for this? It looks like it's very accurate.
Posted: 5:45 am on December 4th

jdb01 jdb01 writes: YEA, very intriging, how does it work. where did you get the plans?

Cool jig.
Posted: 5:14 pm on November 17th

bassfabrik bassfabrik writes: yes it's for this one.
Posted: 10:34 am on October 31st

Woodshedding Woodshedding writes: Are there plans and instructions for this jig?
Posted: 9:34 am on October 28th

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