Thank you very much @norm  I'm glad you like it and I'm happy to share. I'm not cheating, the saw teeth are not even engaged with the wood. Mallet, Bevel Edge Chisels, Marking Gauge, Cutting Gauge, Dovetail Saw, Dividers, Marking Knife, Hard Pencil, Dovetail Square (or adjustable bevel), Try Square, Ruler, Smoothing Plane, Coping Saw. More power to you; I prefer to make furniture rather than tools. The cutting is quite straight forward, but go slow and easy and hold the wood down with some sort of a hold-down paddle that will ensure you have a good grip on the blank being cut but that your hand and fingers are well away from the blade. Set an adjustable square to 7" and put it against the edge of your bench or some other scrap board. At the right in the image above is an adjustable bevel. They are oversize in length, so we’ll cut them off to size later. I chose to make mine 1:6 on one end, and 1:8 on the other. Thanks very much for sharing! Make several different ones if you want. Put the first magnet in and press it down. Start by shooting the end of one of the pieces that you want the tail to be on. I figured I could build a similar one for not a lot of money, so I did. It wouldn't take that much inattention to pick up the gauge and use the wrong side. For a full-blown dresser project, sign up for our on campus Four Drawer Dresser course. See you soon! I then set my cutting gauge to about half the thickness of the stock (5/32″) and scribe on one end of the piece you want to be the tail. By the way, if you don’t have one of these saws and you’re serious about cutting dovetails, drop what you’re doing, go to Lie-Nielsen’s website and buy the saw now! 4 years ago, Cheers, yes I hope more people will try them. You will also need to check to make sure that the top piece is square: put the dovetail marker up in place as if you were going to use it and slide a square right up against it. And mark a square line down the end grain edge of the block. I'll be using hand tools for this build, but if power tools are your thing, have at it. The first thing we need to do is set a marking guage to the thickness of our piece. And if you are using walnut or oak drawer fronts with pine or poplar secondary woods, do you make 1:6 or 1:8 or 1:7 as a compromise. Whatever saw you use to cut the angles, the blade wants to be at least a sharp, 60 tooth thin kerf blade in order to give you a clean sharp edge. Now using either a chisel, or a small router plane, cut the groove. dovetail gauges on the market. p.s. At the far left in the above image we see a dovetail gauge that I made. If the slot is off center, now is the time to trim one side or the other of your blank to make sure the slot is exactly in the middle of the blank from side to side. Step 3: Face Side, Face Edge. This is a new kind of marking gauge for me, and as one who is not proficient and making dovetail joints, hopefully, it will make things a tiny bit easier ... but I do know that the only real way of making good, consistent dovetails is practice, practice, practice ... To make this marking gauge I started off with a couple of Oak blanks, 12 inches long and 2-1/4 inches wide and 3/8 inch thick. Set out the slope using the rule and pencil, then copy with the bevel gauge. This is what the final piece looks like so you have an idea of what we are shooting for as we build it. It is a great luxury to be able to set the gauge in place and mark both lines without moving the gauge, thereby guaranteeing that the marked lines are in the same plane. The current price of one made by XS Sight Systems (part # 006-101-000WB ) is $54.00 plus shipping. But when they do engage, look out. Don't panic, it happens. Then cut the side walls and chisel out the waste. With a dovetail joint, just as with box joint, or even finger joints, which makes 95% of the strength of the joint is the glue that binds them together. I usually just cut it off by eye and it works out to where the tail-piece is 1 3/4″ long and the pin board is a total length of 3″ long. Now I cut the excess off the ends. Guess What ... here is yet another. I would prefer to have one gauge for each angle that I'm likely to use. Set a marking gauge the thickness of your pin and tail boards. Then shoot the ends of the blade nice and clean. It isn’t new tools that you feel affection for, but those that have served you consistently and faithfully in your work. This is the traditional way in many western cultures to gauge your dovetail angle. Runner Up in the Hand Tools Only Contest 2016. Fill the hole and cover the magnet with more epoxy. The next gauges, moving to the left in the image above, are the Veritas Dovetail Markers. The final part of the gauge that needs to be made is the base. It is imperative that the top is dead square; if it’s not, simply set your block plane to a very fine setting and plane it square. Be sure not to go past your depth line, insert the saw into the step down and alongside the knifewall to help guide your saw. A shooting board is a must when you are cutting dovetail markers: the ends have to perfectly square. Mark a line all the way down one edge of the scale and also a short line on the other edge of the scale. From that, mark a groove for the blade down the centre of the fence using a cutting gauge. Set your miter saw to 7.5 degrees if that is the angle you will work at, and go ahead and make the cut, then flip the blank over and cut the other side, being careful NOT to cut to the end of your blank. I've seen most of the Magnetic Dovetail Guides on the web, and consider yours to be the best in terms of design, build, implementation, and how-to information. Now I need to find some time to start practicing with my Suizan Dovetail Saw, Visit Amazon Affiliate Store -, Check Out Woodworkweb T-Shirts - There are a whole bunch of different dovetail gauges on the market. it will be completely covered by epoxy later. Enough for all three mags on this side. The species doesn't really matter, but I do recommend that it be a hardwood. A lot more than just 5 minutes too. Were done right? I just used some CA glue in my original jig and it failed after I dropped it a couple times. Much easier said than done: usually I have to pare a little on the sides of the pin board to allow it to go together perfectly. When you are making the cut, at the end of your cuts bull the saw blade back about half an inch while the blade winds down, otherwise the slowing blade can catch in the tip of your blank. Let's start again. account? I work across the top and down the face to stay right on my lines. I am using a 1/8″ chisel here. Also mark the depth of the pin recess using the same cutting gauge setting that you used to mark the tail board. Now that the tail is cut, I will transfer it to the pin board (the cocobolo piece), using a knife. Now you can put a little bevel on all the non-critical edges to remove the sharpness, before giving the gauge a coat of furniture wax. Put the first magnet in and press it down. I will be there and will be making a few of these dovetail markers as well as demonstrating regular easy dovetails and hand planes and maybe even a little inlay. Like this. The blade is the part that hangs against the long grain when marking dovetails, and it should have ends that are sloped at the required dovetail angle(s). Set things up and mix some 5 minute epoxy. Make sure that where the angle starts on the end grain side is perfectly sqaure too. Remember, all of these angles often do not mean much, they are just angles and don't really make much difference in how they are cut, their strength or how they come together, but some people have certain preferences. Measure the width of the fence, minus the thickness of the blade. After the slots are cut, what is very critical is marking the where the center of the slot is going to meet at so the angles can be cut on each side of the blank. Use a ruler to measure how thick the boards are and set a marking gauge to equal it. A marking gauge is a tool used in woodworking to mark lines for cutting. Making a dovetail marker is not too hard, but I have chosen to make it a little harder by using a tapered sliding dovetail to join the two pieces together. 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