Many people are under the illusion that you have to make dovetails to be a competent woodworker. Dovetail joints have greater holding power than most types of joints, and this was a real problem solver with the older glues. The glues available today are actually stronger than the wood so the need no longer applies. What I am trying to say is if you are just starting out in woodworking don't rush out and buy a dovetail jig. Many people try a few joints and get discouraged because their joints don't turn out right. I suggest using other, easier joints until your skills develop. Box joint jigs work well and provide nice decorative joints that are strong. Once you have mastered them is the time to consider making dovetails. There is nothing that boosts your confidence like a nice clean project.
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