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Making Sliding Dovetails

Looking for a rock solid way to join drawers that doesn’t require a dovetail jig? If you’ve got a router table, you can easily make a sliding dovetail and get many of the strength advantages a half-blind or through dovetail would provide. You’ll only be able to use sliding dovetails for drawers on which the… Read more


Routed Half-Blind Dovetail Drawers – Part 2

In part one of this article I showed you how a half-blind router dovetail jig works, and how to size your drawer parts for routing in the jig. In this final installment, I will explain using the jig to rout the joints, and then how to assemble the drawers. Boards must be correctly oriented and… Read more

Make Routed Half-Blind Dovetail Drawers

Routed Half-Blind Dovetail Drawers – Part 1

This is a two-part story. The focus is on drawers with mechanical slides. In this installment I will explain how a half-blind dovetail router jig works, calculating drawer parts sizes, and where to locate drawer bottoms for drawers with side-mount slides or undermount slides. Part two will be about using a dovetail router jig, and… Read more

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Dovetailed Step Stool

One of the things I like best about woodworking is the chance to create objects that are both useful and beautiful. The humble step stool is just such a project. A stool spends its life down on the floor dutifully presenting its back for people to step on. Like a true friend, a stool is… Read more


Dovetail Joints with a Katie Jig

“I am using a Katie jig on a router table to make dovetail joints for some drawers on a cabinet I’m making. Problem is, the joints come out too loose. I’ve tried raising and lowering the dovetail bit, but to no avail. Everything checks as far as squareness and parallelism. Do you have any magic?… Read more


CMT Enlock Jig

The CMT Enlock System, $229, creates fast, simple rock solid joinery for a multitude of woodworking projects. At the heart of the jig, there is a CMT pattern style dovetail bit. The bearing on the dovetail bit rides in and out of the dovetail socket guide on the Enlock table and it cuts perfect dovetail… Read more