The objective of this jig is to get as thin a neck and hand cut looking through ( not half blind)( we use a over lay drawer front) dovetail as humanly possible with a router, the thinner neck is indicative of hand cut , and is one of the most recognizable marks of fine craftsmanship, this jig allows you to do that, and do it super fast, and accurate, this is the main objective and the main difference in our Jig , but to achieve this we have to use various length bits, meaning we have a 3/4 , 5/8 ,1/2 and 3/8 cut lengths, and a 7/8 after the first of the year, the 3/4 and 7/8 are normally for case work and chest, the 5/8 and 1/2 for drawers, the reason for the various cut lengths, is to keep the thinner neck, if you raise the bit the neck gets thicker, while a 3/4 length will cut 5/8 material, the neck gets thicker, as well a 5/8 will cut a 1/2 and a 1/2 will cut 3/8 and so forth, but you lose the thin neck.
In addition, the jig requires 2 routers, because we need to use a precut bit, this is a solid carbide, spiral bit, that is used to remove alot of the waste, this reduces the strain on the smaller neck as well as helps prevent chip out and a much nicer cut, all the dovetail bits and the spiral bits have 5/8 bearings and use a small snap ring to hold the bearing, no stop collars, the 3/4 and 5/8 dovetail bits are made from the best grade available High Speed Steel, we had to do this to get the strength needed , the 1/2 and 3/8 are carbide tipped, the shorter bits don’t have the stress issues like the longer bits, it’s basically a 9 1/2 degree, which is a compromise, between the 6 to 1 and the 8 to 1 standard, but has been my standard for many years, I really like the look it gives .
Now all of this said, you can get the whole package , or just the bits you want, additionally in the survey we are asking if you want backer boards, we make ours from poplar, we use a vertical grain then a flat grain and then another vertical, the vertical grain as a backer holds the best and doesn’t chip out, MDF , particle board do not make good backers, nor does flat gain, it likes to chip out and is hard on bits, while we use poplar you can use any wood, but we will be asking if you want us to make them, they will 25.00 a piece, but again to make your own is quite easy and they can be made from scrap, and each backer will give you 4 different edges to use, so they last a long time, , we make ours 5″ wide and 16 long, ( jig length), and about 2″ thick, this works with all the various bits.
The pin size is made by simply moving the pin jig forwards or backwards to make the size pin needed, we have scribed the jig to help in setting it up, but if you use a standard size for say drawers, once set up, up never have to change anything, just rock and roll, set your bit depth and get to it, I can do an entire drawer in 10 to 15 min, easily.
We will provide an instruction sheet as well as a Full length DVD on how to use it, and how to do specialty dovetails.
Well the Survey is being typed as we speak, I hope you will respond, we know this isnt cheap by any means, but it’s what it takes to do what we want, and again its all made in the USA, the jigs by Comet Tool in New Jersey, the bits by Forest Tool and Whiteside .. so we have the best of the best making the components.. We did not shop for the cheapest, we looked for the best , and that’s what we have here… the jig is simple, and easy to use, and that is often harder to do than something complicated… but its done…
The big issue for us will be volume , we are not expecting huge numbers, but we have to reach some minimums or its a no go, manufacturing small quantities drives the cost thru the roof, so if we don’t reach the minimum we will not release it… we are just too small to have this much sitting on a shelf… just how it is, feel sure you understand as well, so thus the survey, to see what interest we have and decide where to go from there