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Take a look at these low-cost, easy to use templates from MLCS Woodworking. You can use these templates with your handheld router, and even on the router table!


This video shows a detailed demonstration on how to setup and use two different Through Dovetail templates by MLCS Woodworking.  One template makes small dovetails suitable for jewelry boxes and drawers, while the other makes larger dovetails for chests and cabinets


Get great looking dovetail joints for a small investment. This easy to use dovetail system can produce dovetails on any width board. You can even make variable spaced dovetails!


The video covers:

  • Making the mounting block
  • Calibrating the Jig
  • Using the Jig to make small and large dovetails
  • Using the jig on the Router Table
  • How to get the most of this jig.

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1/20/2010 8:38:57 PM
United States
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Reply to comment from Andy who wrote:
John,  
Apparantly boards wider than the jig can be dovetailed by moving the board along the jig, ...

Hi Andy,

I have not actually tried to dovetail any boards wider than the jig, but when I do, this is what I have in mind:
I would make an indexing block that is the size of the socket or the pin and that has a cap on top that is the same shape to fit within the fingers of the jig.  After the first set is cut, I would move the jig and position it by putting the indexing block in one of the last cuts.  I know this is hard to visualize.  I will see if I can draw a picture of what I am describing.
John
1/14/2010 1:19:51 PM
United Kingdom
Andy
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John,  
Apparantly boards wider than the jig can be dovetailed by moving the board along the jig, have you tried this and if so have you got any tips on how this process is carried out.
Regards
4/13/2009 10:06:39 AM
United States
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Reply to comment from Mick Griffin who wrote:
Hi John

Saw your video on You Tube, "blanket box", hence I found your website. I have been wantin...


Thanks Mick, I'm glad my dovetail video set you in the right direction.  I was in the same position you were one about dovetail jigs - confused!  Once you break it down, there aren't too many variables to tweak in order to get great dovetail joints.  I much prefer using the MLCS jig at the router table when I can.  I seem to have more control over it, and I like the added dust collection.
Thanks for your nice comment Mick.
4/8/2009 9:12:16 PM
United Kingdom
Mick Griffin
Posted by:
Hi John

Saw your video on You Tube, "blanket box", hence I found your website. I have been wanting to create dovetails since time began. I was useless at school at woodwork, never had the patience, nevertheless I love working with my hands. I saw a similar jig like the one you have used in your video, sold by a company over here in London. I could not understand how you would use it until I saw your video. Thank you John for enlightening me, more power to your elbow and best wishes for the future.

Mick Griffin
3/17/2009 10:55:14 PM
United States
Sam Potts
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Thanks John.  Great Job!  
I've been wanting to make dovetails for some time but it just seemed difficult.  You made it look easy. Got my notes and I'll heading down to my shop to try it.
Sam
1/16/2009 7:24:53 PM
Mexico
Angel Ramon Abundis
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muy buen video , lamentablemente no se perfectamente ingles y pues quedo con algunas dudas , edemas no se donde comprar las guias me interesan pero pues no se, me gustaria que alguien me mandara la informacion en español. gracias.
12/23/2008 6:55:04 PM
United States
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Reply to comment from roberta who wrote:
well John, as usual, you make it look very simple.........
I'll have to try it just to see for mys...

If you don't have a dovetail, I think these are a decent, and low-cost way to make great dovetails.  I have (had) the Rockler half blind dovetail jig and it was a real pain to get right.  These dovetail templates from MLCS are affordable and easy to get nice joints from.  Thanks for watching!
12/22/2008 5:10:20 PM
United States
roberta
Posted by:
well John, as usual, you make it look very simple.........
I'll have to try it just to see for myself........ thanks
10/15/2008 8:09:20 PM
United States
Posted by:
Well done. You convinced me to buy this jig.
7/18/2008 6:55:48 AM
United States
Posted by:
Great vid which convinced me to buy the jigs.  I can highly recommend MLCS woodworking as the jigs arived here (in the UK) in less than a week.
7/15/2008 4:06:45 PM
United States
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i'd like you to put more videos on line so we can learn more from you.. tk
7/3/2008 3:15:57 AM
United States
Posted by:
Very Well Done with Excellent Detail!
6/29/2008 9:06:48 PM
United States
Posted by:
Fantastic I've been doing dovetails for several years and this explains some of the questions I have never be in a position to ask
5/18/2008 12:29:13 PM
United States
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muinto bom....e uma exelente ajuda
muinto obrigado
5/5/2008 8:40:11 AM
United States
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Very helpful, thank you.
11/25/2007 6:50:39 PM
United States
Posted by:
Really great job.  I've been woodworking at one level or another, on and off for more than 30 years, (started as a little kid) but for whatever reason I've never done dovetails.  I either make box joints and tongue and groove joints for drawers but never dovetails.  I've looked at nearly every dovetail jig out there but I gotta say that this video, combined with the low price of the jig really is inspiring.  MLCS did a good job in hiring you to do their video.  Keep up the good work!

Bruce
11/16/2007 2:53:12 AM
United States
Posted by:
was going to buy a more expensive unit but i think youve changed my mind, please make more videos so we can learn!!!!! thanks rusty
9/24/2007 2:47:10 AM
United States
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I've been looking at several dovetail jigs for a while now and thanks to your video, I'll be going with the MLCS jigs. Thank you.   --Zac

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