In my book, dovetail joints are one of the marks that separate serious furniture makers from beginners. I’ve always viewed dovetails as something only for woodworking ninjas, but in the last few years I’ve seen dovetail jigs that claim to produce pro results in no time — without having to slay a unicorn to possess its sacred power.
Though often complex, the units I’ve seen — like this Rockler model — appear to offer a good template set and be accurate enough to make good quality joints without endless stopping and measuring.
But even though these jigs sound like a great idea, I’ve have yet to try one. How ’bout clueing a fellow (novice) woodworker in? Are dovetail jigs a direct spark of the divine or just a hassle? Let me know in comments.