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There are lots of excuses for not using dovetails; cutting them by hand takes time, patience, and lots of practice. A dovetail jig is relatively fool proof, but if you don’t use it regularly, be prepared for an hour or so of re-learning each time you use it. Also, dovetail jigs are expensive; particularly those that are capable of cutting dovetails with variable spacing, to give a hand-cut look.

This router table method lays waste to all the excuses; it’s easy, accurate, and inexpensive. All you need are two router bits, and two sleds for your router table. Layout and cutting is straight forward, and you can cut variably-spaced dovetails!

Fig. A. Tail Sled

Fig. B. Pin Sled

Fig. C. Sliding Clamp Block Detail

Fig. D. Fence Detail

Make Two Sleds  

Photo 1. Attach side rails to both bases. These rails allow the sleds to slide on the router table without any side-play.

The two sleds (Fig. A & B) must be custom fit to your router table, so use the cutting list as more of a parts index.


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