Tilt, saw and chop
Synopsis: Using a bandsaw to cut the pins and tails results in something pretty similar to handcut dovetails, says Tage Frid. In this quick article, he offers pointers and step-by-step instructions on how to cut them this way yourself. Cut the pins first, and then tilt the bandsaw table 10 degrees. Clamp a fence parallel to the blade. Drawings show how to adjust the fence to the width of your stock.
Routers and tablesaws aren’t the only way to make through dovetails with a machine. I use my bandsaw to cut the pins and tails, and the results aren’t much different from cutting the joint by hand. Start by using a marking gauge to scribe the baselines of pins and tails on both boards. Cut the pins first. Tilt the bandsaw table 10° (or whatever angle you wish your pins to be) to the right, and clamp a fence parallel to…