Dovetail Bit Speeds Cleanup Between Pins
Having cut many dovetails, I’ve found a great way to remove the waste between pins using a router and a dovetail bit.
I saw my pins using a sliding crosscut jig at the tablesaw. To remove the waste between the pins, I start with a coping saw, taking care to leave about 1⁄8 in. of wood at the bottom of the waste area. Then I go to my router and use it freehand to clean up the remaining waste between the pins. For this operation, I use a regular dovetail bit in the router instead of a straight bit.
I clamp the workpiece in a vise with a scrap board behind it at the same height as the workpiece to provide support for the router so it doesn’t tip. Using a dovetail bit to clean up the waste makes this step easier to control and reduces errors. Unlike a straight…