Dovetail Jig Buying Advice

Duration: 7:13

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

    • Customer Service
      Customer Service

      Hello. You can enter the word “Dovetail Jig” in the search bar at the top of the page and this will bring up the different videos we have on this. If you have any questions, please contact us at 1-855-253-0822.
      Jean-WWGOA Video Membership

  4. John Besharian
    John Besharian

    I picked up a “ChestMate™” several years ago at Sears for, if memory serves, about $30.00. It was a display model & is missing the video and the bits. I foolishly tossed it on a back shelf and have studiously ignored it ever since. Your demonstration of its heretofore “Hidden” capabilities have inspired me to brush off the dust on the box and clear the cobwebs from my mind and put it to use. Thanks. (I’ll send for their video, if they still have it and pick up the bits w/carbide cutters from Whiteside.)

  5. tcairo

    Good afternoon I am looking for a dovetail that I can use with my router table. Since I do not have a hand held router and do not want to take apart the router table every time I need it would like to find one I can use with the table. Tony

    • Customer Service
      Customer Service

      Hello. Here is one that I’m aware of, although I’ve never used it myself so I can’t comment on quality or efficiency:
      Paul-Woodworkers Guild of America