I'm trying to get a handle on how to make dovetails with the router. As I have zero experience, I'd like to go as cheap as possible until I have a better understanding and skills. I gather the Harbor Freight Dovetail Jig or the EZ Pro Dovetailer are the cheapest (and most frustrating) way to go.
However, I'd like to make through dovetails and both those devices seem to only do half-blind. I see various templates for circles and sign making that are just a sheet of some material simply clamped down to the surface of workpiece, like a stencil. I'd like to know if there is a Dovetail template like that? All the ones I can find are replacements that go in a jig.
When attempting to google this question the majority of the answers are "You don't need the router at all, just buy a saw and do it by hand". But that's not what I'm looking to do.