|Aligning the edges with a chisel|
|Marking the tails|
I neglected to get any progress pictures while completing the DT, but it came out very tight. I've done VERY few DTs in hardwood and I'm thrilled about how these fit. They didn't fit right off the saw - there was some fitting involved.
|Tight as a duck's you-know-what|
It's interesting to glue up a single dovetailed corner. I had to figure out a way to keep the joint at 90° while clamping the tails into the pins. I cut and planed a board to the proper length to support the free end and clamped to the bench.
|An interesting clamping situation|
I had to tweak the position of the boards to ensure a 90° corner.
After the glue dried, I checked the edges that I'll use as reference edges for square. This was done in both directions, squaring to the joint line.
|Needed a little planing to make it right|
I screwed pieces of 3/8" QSWO to the reference edges, mitered at the corner, and sticking up about 3/8" from the jig surface.
|The completed jig|
I gave the jig two coats of shellac and a coat of paste wax. To use the jig, cut the tails for your project board in the usual manner. Then the pin board gets clamped in the jig as shown below so that the end grain is even with the top surface of the jig and is pressed against the fence.
|Pin board level with top surface and pushed left to the fence.|
Lay the tail board against the fence and adjust so the tails just overhang the pin board.
|Tail board overlaying the pin board, both pressed against the fences to align their left sides|
Then while holding the tail board tight to the fence, scribe the tails on the pin board end grain with a pencil or (in my case) a knife.
|Transferring the tail outlines to the pin board|
This test joint came out nice, though I didn't prepare my boards well to be able to see if the jig helped with the alignment issue. I didn't bother to square up the left edges, so they don't align perfectly well. But I'm confident this will help.
|First test joint|
Making this jig was my first time doing multiple dovetails in hardwood. I'm very happy with how they came out and also very happy with how the jig works.