How To Cut Dovetails on the Tablesaw
Make better, faster through-dovetails, with a trick for perfect half-blinds, too
Synopsis: Get the look of hand-cut dovetails with the accuracy and ease of machinery, without a router or a dovetail jig. This method, explained by Gregory Paolini, uses the tablesaw to cut through-dovetails. When cutting the tails, the tablesaw locks in the cutting angle and allows you to make eight cuts from a single layout line using a fence and a stop block. To cut the pins, one side of every pin is cut with the miter gauge angled in one direction, and then it is angled in the other direction to cut the second side. Then use a thin board, resawn from beautiful lumber you’ve been saving for your drawer fronts, to add a false front and create the look of half-blind dovetails.
It takes an awful lot of practice to cut dovetails by hand and to do it well. Your sawcuts should be straight, at a consistent…