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Garrett Ellis
12-07-2009, 10:39 AM
I have access to a CNC mill at school. Does anyone have a drawing or suggestion to how to draw the dovetail and box joint jigs as shown on MLCS: http://www.mlcswoodworking.com/shopsite_sc/store/html/smarthtml/pages/dovetailjig.html

I've never used one so I don't know the proper spacing.

Any suggestions would help!

Michael Schwartz
12-07-2009, 11:36 AM
I would start by drawing out some dovetail joints, measuring the dovetails as well as the diameter the guide bushing for the router. Then its just math from there, but it may take a little bit of trial and error. I would recommend doing a few forum searches here since there should be a ton of information on dovetail angles, spacing etc...

If your going to the trouble to make your own I would make a jig with variable spacing while your at it.

Garrett Ellis
12-07-2009, 11:50 PM
I would start by drawing out some dovetail joints, measuring the dovetails as well as the diameter the guide bushing for the router. Then its just math from there, but it may take a little bit of trial and error. I would recommend doing a few forum searches here since there should be a ton of information on dovetail angles, spacing etc...

If your going to the trouble to make your own I would make a jig with variable spacing while your at it.

would probably start with something simple, just an aluminum plated with the pins on 1 side and the corresponding tails on the other. don't really consider it any trouble. piece of cake to watch it cut after drawing it, just the cost of the aluminum too.

Rick Davidson
12-08-2009, 12:01 AM
I would be interested in this as well.