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The Dovetail Master System allows you to make dovetails on a mortising machine or on a drill press with a mortising attachment.  Besides not needing a router and a dovetail jig, the Dovetail Master offers other advantages like less noise, dust, and tear-out.  Also, you’re not limited to stock patterns — you can use any number of pins and tails, spaced however you wish.

The Dovetail Master System chisels work on wood, plastic, or similar materials from 1/8″ to over 3″ thick.  The purchased part of the system includes one square chisel for making the pins boards and one trapezoidal chisel for making the sockets.  To complete the system you need to build two simple jigs from some scrap wood.

Slightly more complicated than a dovetail jig, the Dovetail Master System requires a little more forethought and layout, but what you lose in ease you gain in versatility.  The website features a pretty good instructional video and a complete set of instructions for using the system.

The bits come in a set with one square chisel and one trapezoidal chisel.  Sets are available in 1/4″, 3/8″, and 1/2″ sizes for $70, $75, and $80 respectively.

Dovetail Master System [Official Site]

3 Responses to Cut Dovetails With A Mortising Machine

  1. Jason says:

    Interesting idea, but the end product doesn’t look very good. It seems there’s a bit of chipout. It would also be nice to see how this looks with a hardwood like cherry, instead of the pine or poplar (looks that way to me, at least) they used.

  2. james b says:

    I do some exposed joinery with a mortising machine, but mostly thru tenons and square pins to hold them in. Looks like it would be easier to machine cut a regular square mortise back from the end grain a little way to prevent tearout, then go in with a bandsaw, jigsaw, or hand saw to to cut the angle. Easier than trying to keep that thing sharp. But the either a standard hollow chisel mortise, or this new bit, would leave a nice flat bottom on the dovetail.

  3. Gary says:

    Interesting. Makes me wonder though. I’d assume that woodworkers are more likely to have a dovetail jig of some kind as opposed to a mortiser. Of the ones that I know, they have a dovetail jig or they have both. I can’t think of any that have a mortiser, but not a dovetail jig.

    Granted, that’s just the folks I know, but is there going to be much of a market for this?

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