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]