How to create a complex joint the easy way
Synopsis: Router dovetail jigs can help you cut strong and attractive dovetails with speed and ease. While the initial set up is often fussy, it takes very little time to cut a lot of perfectly fit dovetails, more than compensating for the setup time. A chest of drawers, a run of box parts, or drawers for an entire kitchen are ideal applications for one of these jigs. In this article, assistant editor Anissa Kapsales shares what need to know to set up this router jig and start cutting.
I’ve been known to spend hours laboring over hand-cut dovetails. First, I fret over the layout, drawing half-pins at each end of the row and creating an attractive layout between. Once I’m satisfied, I move on to sawing and paring the pins, laying out the tails as precisely as I can, then more sawing and paring to sneak up on a good…