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While not quite tool pr0n, Woodpeckers’ red anodized tools machined from aircraft-grade aluminum billet are still very drool-worthy. One of their latest products, their dovetail marking gauges, are no exception.

When making hand-cut dovetails, a marking gauge is handy for laying out consistent pins and tails. Not only does it help you get the correct angle, but it helps you precisely transfer the markings from the face grain to the end grain and vice versa.

The gauges come in three different ratios: 1:6, 1:7, and 1:8. Traditionally you’d use a 1:6 dovetail when joining hardwood and a 1:8 for joining softwood — the 1:7 ratio is a compromise between the two.

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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.

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Create fine dovetail joinery on your small box projects with Rockler’s miniature dovetail template.  This 3/8″-thick template mounts on Rockler’s own dovetail jig and allows you to create 1/4″ through-dovetails with either 1/2″ or 5/8″ spacing.  The template will work on panels up to 5-1/2″ wide and on stock from 1/8″ to 1/4″ thick.

Rockler includes the template, template guide, 1/4″ dovetail bit, 1/8″ straight bit, and a 1/4″ to 1/8″ collet reducer in their $60 kit.  To fit through the template guide, the included bits have 1/8″ shanks, which is why they include the collet reducer.  Of course, you need to already own the Rockler dovetail jig to use this kit.

Mini Dovetail Template [Rockler]
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