Keller Templates

A big step up the sophistication ladder you'll find fixed-template jigs like the Keller. The Keller dovetail templates produce through dovetails with an absolute minimum of setup fiddling. Compared to those cut by most other jigs, the dovetails produced by Keller's midsized model are relatively large, which makes this jig a good choice for carcase joiner>r. The unit cuts Vs-inch-wide pins spaced IV-ยป inches on center. While it's easiest to cut evenly spaced pins and tails, you can vary both the size and spacing by repositioning the jig.

The jig is simplicity itself. No knobs, no adjustments, no moving parts at all. What you get are two

Winch-thick machined aluminum templates, one to cut the pins, the other for the tails. The templates come with a dovetail bit and a straight bit. both with shank-mounted guide bearings. No need for a guide bushing.

Before you can use the templates, dtcy must be screwed to a wooden backing block. The block both positions the template on the workpiece and prevents tear-out when the bit exits the cut. During this initial setup, you need to adjust the fit of the dovetails. The fit is adjusted only by altering the pin template location. Once it is set, it is set; you won't need to fiddle with it on every job. Just adjust the depth of cut to suit your stock thickness, and you're set.

To cut dovetails, you hold the tail board vertically in a vise, clamp the dovetail template over the end of the board with a couple ofelampb, and rout the tails using the dovetail bit. Because you position the template relative to the board's center.

The Keller dovetail templates help you rout through dovetails. You mount the templates on backing blocks, which both position the templates and prevent tear-out during routing. The work is held in a vise, and the template is clamped to it. Shank-mounted bearings ride on the templates and guide the cuts.

The Keller dovetail templates help you rout through dovetails. You mount the templates on backing blocks, which both position the templates and prevent tear-out during routing. The work is held in a vise, and the template is clamped to it. Shank-mounted bearings ride on the templates and guide the cuts.

Keller Dovetail Compound
JOINTS PRODUCED WITH keller templates

Using the appropriate bits guided by Keller templates,you can cut proportionally spaced through dovetails, variably spaced through dovetails, compound-angled dovetails, end-to-end dovetails, and box joints.

the tails are evenly spaced on either side of center. Next, you transfer one or two tail locations to the pin board, just as you would with hand-cut dovetails. With variably spaced dovetails, you do need to scribe every pin. Line up the second template with these marks, switch to the straight bit. and rout the pins.When cutting dovetails on several .denti-cal pieces, it saves a lot of time to clamp stops to the backing blocks.

There's no limit on the width of board that can be accommodated. Simply reposition the template if your work is wider than your template is long.

Here's an assembled rabbeted dovetail joint. The rabbet in the drawer front can conceal a drawer slide or overlay the casework or the cabinet's face frame.

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