Rated 3.4 out of 5 by 33
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Doc1969 Great results with great value
When I recieved this jig, I put it to use, making a lectorit for my pastor. I used it to make dove tail joints on four 42" tall plywood stock. When I finished routing all the tails, and pins, I put the pieces together. All boards lined up just right. All I needed to do, was sand down any high spots at each dove tail joint. I also found that using my Ryobi router table was very easy with this jig. I would very much recommend this tool to any woodcrafter. The box you see in the pics, is the beginning part of this project. I still need to do the top, and a base.
November 29, 2011
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Stan The Dovetail Jig is easy to set up and versatile
Can be used with a router table or freehand with your work clamped to a workbench. Setup is easy with the built in setup gauge.
Great for a easy single drawer box assembly.
November 22, 2011
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by joelav22 Initial impressions have faded
When I first bought this, I was truly impressed. I was able to create some dovetails for the first time. In the attached image, I made a fairly large box out of some scrap pine I had. The instructions were excellent. The included video gave me a lot of confidence and I went out to the shop to practice. When I initially purchased this product (feb 2012) I had just started woodworking and learning techniques. Since then I have advanced my skills quite a bit. This jig no longer works as well as I had initially hoped. Here are some observations:
1 - It is inconsistent. The top is simply too short to hold the base of the router without the slightest tipping. In addition there is not enough space toward the last dovetail cut to fully support the router.
2 - The included bit dulls VERY quickly. I have used a much higher quality dovetail bit purchased at Home Depot with a bushing, but because depth of the fingers, it is possible to deflect the bushing a bit
3 - It is difficult to support the jig and larger work pieces without the clamps getting in the way, or clamping down so hard you can warp the aluminum.
4 - Don't trust the depth gauges. Always make some test cuts out of the same stock you are using for the finished product
5 - Due to the nature of how this works, it is very difficult and almost dangerous to cut dovetails into thicker (1/2" to 3/4") hardwood stock (like hard maple for example). In other jigs that use bushings, you can adjust the bit height for multiple passes. Because of the bearing configuration, you are limited to full depth passes. That is just too much wood to hog out in one pass cleanly. Tear out will result on both the front and back. This jig also does not have enough room to use sacrificial backer boards to eliminate the tear out.
All in all, this is terrific for the price. If you need to make the occasional dovetails in pine or other softer woods. I have since moved on to creating hand cut dovetails instead of using a router and a template. While difficult at first, with a lot of practice it can be done in a lot less time that it takes to set up a jig and your equipment. If anything, this jig will teach you a lot about the mechanics of making good dovetails.
October 15, 2012
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by churk I can't believe this is in production
I purchased this after watching the youtube howto and thought I may be able to create some cabinet draws without going all out for a MLCS template that cost twice as much. But I think I learn my lesson when I saw the results. The carbit was less then subpar and the surface that it left behind looks like I karate chopped the wood.
The fitting was also a problem, there were penny slot size gap between some of the dovetails. For a hobbiest that does not care much, then this might be a fun toy to have. But if you are someone who take pride in their work, even for a hobbiest, I would stay away. I returned mine within 1/2 hr of owning one.
September 26, 2010
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by 32626 Do not buy this product
I bought this to make drawers for a project I'm making. By the time i practiced on some pine boards i had the bit was smoking. One of the guide bearings was shot and i never got to use it on the real project. Hopefully Home Depot will take it back because it is a worthless piece of junk and shouldn't be sold. I know it was cheap and I should have known better to think it would work. Don't buy it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
December 13, 2014
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by DiyGarage Good effort but poor quality
To be fair this is the only dovetail jig I've used so I cant compare to more expensive ones, but I understand their operation. The jig i had was not machined properly and had a 1/16 inch difference in the teeth height so half way through the cut the router would drop and throw off the depth of cut for half the board. while it was fixable with a lot of hand sanding it was not ideal. Also the bearing on the bit thats included came apart after only 3 cuts. It was on clearance when I bought it and I think they are making a higher quality version I might be more interested in.
September 18, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Chris1951 Good tool, a little tricky
I bought this jig at my local and was able to get it for the online price of $31.98, a pretty good deal. I used it right away to test it and it does make fine dovetails. You do have to be very careful to set it up right and definitely watch the video that comes with it. Obviously the demonstrator has a lot of experience because he made it look a little easier than it turned out to be. My dovetails were right on, so I am not complaining. After I have used it a few more times I'm sure it will get easier. I think it is worth the price and would definitely recommend it.
December 20, 2010
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by chiconut Used it right out of the box!
Easy instructions and minimal setup makes this a great addition to my shop.
November 4, 2014