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EZ Dovetail Jig

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Just a quick How To Use the EZ Dovetail Jig :)

It's great little dovetail jig for the price and it's a very easy jig to use once you set it right.
The video(s) Demo are great but they don't press many important things that you need to do or not do to make great dovetails quick and easy..

The jig will do Blind dovetail in 1/4" to 3/4" thick stock just by adjusting the gray gauge on the right side of the jig..for the board thickness.

The 1st thing you want to do is NOT use the jig to set the dovetail bit (in the router table or your hand router) it's OK but not very true way, you want to use the brass bars, set the bit at 1" high, once you have that set move the brass bars to the right side and set the gray gauge to 1 1/4" for 3/4" thick stock.

Once you have that done don't move the router bit up or down and don't readjust the gray "gauge" one also, it's one time thing needed, set it and forget it thing.. :).

Now you are almost set to cut the dovetails pins, you can use 2",3",4",5" wide stock very easy,,move the pin board over the template pins and have some stock hang over the pin, template pins, just a little bit,on both sides ,once you are happy with that clamp a small stop block on the front of the jig,see picture below, this will take the guess work out on the next board settings.
Now cut all the pins on both ends of the sides boards for the box/drawer,once you have all the pins cut for the box remove the stop block on the front of the jig..

Now take the pin boards over to the other side of the jig and place a blank board in the jig, line it up just like in the video, but b/4 you cut the pockets, clamp one more stop block on the inside ,front of the jig, see the blue screws in the picture below, now cut the pocket holes on both ends of the front and back parts , the stock block will help you set up for the next board....quick and easy.

Many forget you don't need the sides of a drawer to be the same size as the hole, 3" or 4" works great without guides, you just need some wood guides in place so the drawer will side in and out easy but not drop out or down once you pull it open..

You will note the pins are almost sq. unlike many dovetail jigs it's almost a box joint but it's good dovetail joint that you can only see the one part of the joint like many dovetails are..

And yes this is done with a trim 1/4" router no need for a big router with dovetails.. :)

One more note::::: be sure to check the pocket holes b/4 you remove the board ..that's the only part of the jig that's hard to do just can't see what's going on at the mill work time.. :) if you have burn marks in the pocket you are running the bit to fast and staying in the pocket to should go 1,2 and 3 ,your done with that hole..

EZ-Pro Dovetail Jig from General Tools (Part 1 of 2) - YouTube
EZ-Pro Dovetail Jig from General Tools (Part 2 of 2) - YouTube General Tools 860 dovetailer EZ Pro dovetail Jig: Home Improvement



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I just tried my new EZ Pro Dovetail II 861. I watched the videos, read the instructions,
Read the tips, (thanks BJ). I used the guide collar method. I used a dial indicator to center it to the bit. It was off by .030. I used an adjustable parallel to set the bit height, and the depth gauge. Carefully clamped the wood in the jig, and cut my first dovetail.
It was perfect. The key was in the precise set up. Being a machinist I know the importance of a good solid set up. There is a learning curve in any fixture. This one was no different. It performed as it advertised, precise dovetails. Thanks for all of the helpful information in this forum. It makes woodworking enjoyable.

Ellery Becnel
The scale measurements on the jig are reference only. It will get you in the ball park. Whichever fixture, jig, etc. that we use, precision setup will minimize or remove adjustments.
It could be, set up bars, dial calipers, feeler gauges, etc. You have a base line, reference to start from. It just takes a little time up front.
I have 5 different ways to do Dovetails, EZ Pro is one of them. I have different ways to verify each method of precision, some basic, some more involved. Once they are set up, it is easily repeatable.

Then the fun begins!

Let us know how things work out once yo get a replacement fixture.

Ellery Becnel
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