Shop Notes

There's a block to guide the saw, and a clamping bar to hold the jig in place.

Once you've decided on the dovetail angle (I used 14° forthe dovetail chest on page 18, and 9° for the drawer on page 11),it's easy to build the jig. Start with the guide block, see Fig. 1. Both the sides and kerfs use the same angle. The block is beveled on

GUIDE BLOCK #8 x V/4" Fh Waste woodscrew

GUIDE BLOCK #8 x V/4" Fh Waste woodscrew

CLAMPING BAR

Remove waste from guide block after the glue dries

CLAMPING BAR

Remove waste from guide block after the glue dries the sides for cutting the tails. And has two angled kerfs for cutting the pins.

Then glue and screw the guide block to the clamping bar, see Fig. 2. But don't cut off the waste just yet. It keeps all the pieces of the guide block positioned correctly on the clamping bar until the glue dries.

To use the jig, clamp it to the

Use kerfs to guide saw when cutting pins

Use kerfs to guide saw when cutting pins

end of the workpiece and start on the pins, see Fig. 3. For more on cutting dovetails, refer to page 24. The only thing critical here is to make sure the saw blade stays tight against the guide block on thejig.

You cut the tails the same way. Except this time, you'll use the bevel on the side of the block to guide the saw, see Fig. 4.

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