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post #1 of 5 Old 03-28-2012, 09:54 AM Thread Starter
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What's the easiest way (if there is one) to lay out dovetails for a router without a dt jig? Again, I'm a newbie so please don't laugh at me haha. Great forum and I look forward to talking to all you gentlemen!
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Welcome to the forum. i'm guessing that the lack of responses is due to the question. generally, dt layout is performed for hand cut dt's or a router dt jig. are you implying you intend to cut dt's with a router and no jig? not impossible, but difficult (hence the jigs).
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If you like dovetail joints you need to purchase the tools to do it. You can find some simpler ones on ebay for less than 50 bucks. If I were going to use the dovetail joint, I would prefer the old style handcut with the larger pins and tails. I've seen much evidence that the modern ones done with a router make the joint weaker than a butt joint. I've done a great deal of antique repair and 90 percent of the time when a drawer needs to be repaired it's the dovetail joint. Then the pins are usually broken off where it's necessary to remake the side.

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What's the easiest way (if there is one) to lay out dovetails for a router without a dt jig? Again, I'm a newbie so please don't laugh at me haha. Great forum and I look forward to talking to all you gentlemen!
Hi - I don't know how you would do something like that with dovetails. You can do some pretty interesting things with box joints though. Here's a video on one method

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doing dovetails are not the easiest thing to do. getting a tight perfect fit is key on the strength. i prefer to do my by hand, to me they look better but take a lot of practice to do them right on a consistent basis. doing them with a router without a jig, well i haven't tried that and don't know if i would without a table. you can do them without a jig on a router table but you will need a good router table setup!!! an adjustable fence like the incra system would be your best bet, but they are not cheap
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