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The aim of this site is to provide you with the very best Dovetail Jig reviews, comparisons, buying guides and advice on all the major dovetail jig manufacturers including Leigh, Keller and Porter Cable.

We carefully select and then thoroughly review the dovetail jigs that are the best in their class and look at the features that make the difference between a jig that’s just OK, and one that stands out from the crowd.

In our reviews we identify the features that you should be looking for and then explain what this means in use. We also have a selection of useful and informative articles and videos on how to use a dovetail jig.

In today’s market quality and features are always improving and most products are good enough. Most dovetail jigs will do the job adequately and so we look for innovative features that give one model the edge over another, and help to make your projects easier to do, and, more importantly, easier to do well.

Our advice and recommendations are based on more than 25 years experience of using all manner of hand and power tools, and we have particular experience of dovetail jigs, routers and everything router related, such as  router tables.

We know what to look for and we recognize it when we see it.

Dovetail Jig Guides and Advice

To get the best out of any tool you need to know how to use it properly, so, as well as the reviews, you can also read our useful guides on choosing and using a Dovetail Jig:

Dovetail Jig Advice

Dovetail Basics

A dovetail joint is made up of a series of pins cut to extend from the end of one board interlocking with a series of tails cut into the end of another board. It is highly regarded for its resistance to being pulled apart (tensile strength) which is why it is commonly used to join the sides of a drawer to the front, and its attractiveness, allowing a feature to be made of the joint itself with an infinite number of variations. 2487
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How To Choose A Dovetail Jig?

One thing that most woodworkers can agree on is that a dovetail joint is one of the most attractive joints around, plus it's incredibly strong. However, if you've ever tried cutting one by hand, you'll know it's also one of the most difficult. However, with a router and a dovetail jig, creating accurate, good-looking joints is within the capabilities of everyone. So what should you look for in a dovetail jig? 2215
Leigh D4R Dovetail Jig
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Setting Up A Dovetail Jig For Perfect Dovetails

With a router and a dovetail jig you can cut perfectly-fitting dovetail joints easily - just so long as the dovetail jig is set up properly in the first place. What this means is that setting up to rout machine-cut dovetails is always a trial and error process. There will always be lots of test cuts on test pieces and adjusting of the jig to get a perfect fit. 2616
Leigh D4R-PRO dovetail jig
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Things To Look For In A Dovetail Jig

There's no shortage of dovetail jigs on the market, and it's not always easy to pick out the best one for your needs. To help make your decision a little easier, we'll take a look at some of the features that can make the difference between a jig that isn't bad, and one that makes dovetail joinery the trouble-free experience it ought to be. 1819
How to cut dovetail joints by hand
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Why Do You Need A Dovetail Jig Anyway?

You may be asking yourself why do you need a dovetail jig anyway? And the answer is, if you're as good as this guy, then you probably don't. I get the feeling though that he's probably done this once or twice before. 1889