Dovetail Jig Buying Advice

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Dovetail joints are a beautiful addition to your woodworking projects, so master woodworker George Vondriska shares his buying advice on what to look for when purchasing a dovetail jig. A WoodWorkers Guild of America (WWGOA) original video clip.

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6 Responses to “Dovetail Jig Buying Advice”
  1. Mike Grawvunder

    Hi George. I hope you can answer my question regarding this jig. I am going to be making our kitchen cabinets. Due to my wife’s health issues and limited mobility, I am going to make all the lower cabinets with pull out shelves instead of shelves. As such, I am debating on the best way to make a lot of drawers. I have been thinking of dovetails as they would be the strongest joint, but don’t have the money for a jig like Katie or Leigh. I could cut them by hand but it will be a LOT of drawers to cut. I saw the Prazi Jig in a magazine review and your demonstration of it here. It looks like it might work, but was wondering how fast would it be having to move it for every joint. It also seems more limiting on the size of the joint it makes. What are your thoughts on the usefulness on this jig for using this jig for a whole kitchen worth of drawers.

    The other joint I was considering is the drawer lock joint. This seems like a quick and easy joint to make with a router table. I could use my pin nailer to help hold it together. I am just not sure on the how long a joint like that would last under daily use of kitchen cabinets. I will be using solid wood not plywood for the drawers.


    • WWGOA Team

      Thank you for your comment. In regards to your question, a drawer lock bit would work great. It provides mechanical grab between the drawer parts, along with a lot of glue surface. I’m sure it will take the stress. Dovetails are a fine alternative and the Prazi jig or the Porter Cable 4212 would be straight forward to work with.

  2. Steven Schwid

    If dowel joints are your choice then strongly consider the DowelMax jig. It is versatile, easy to use and produces a strong and stable joint.

  3. jps4145

    When I went to praziusa your link, they do not recognize the term dovetail jig and show no such tools??

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