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How to make Dovetail Joints with the IGM FD Jig

Výroba rybinového spoje pomocí přípravku IGM FD

Making a dovetail joint drawer doesn't necessarily include spending hours in your woodshop with a mallet and a chisel. Our FD300 and FD600 Dovetail Jigs will save tons of your time as well as keep your joints precise and identical on every joint you work at.

Výroba rybinového spoje pomocí přípravku IGM FD


The IGM Dovetail Jigs are designed for making half-blind dovetails using a handheld router with a router bit.

 

Half-blind dovetails are usually used for drawer making and with solid wood. Additional templates allow you to create other types of joints as well, like box joints or through dovetail, all in two joint sizes.

 

These traditional joint types offer remarkably strong hold and the beauty of a visible joint.  They can be used for making of solid wood furniture, jewellery boxes, flower pots or beekeeping frames.

 

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You can shape workpieces up to 610 mm wide using the FD600 jig or make more consecutive joints up to this width. With the basic template for a 12,7 mm wide half-through dovetail joint, you can joint materials 11-25 mm thick.
 

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The maximum and minimum workpiece thickness varies with the template type, it depends on the type and width of the joint.

 

Half-Blind Dovetail

Through Dovetail

Box Joint

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Half-Blind Dovetail 12,7 mm
Workpiece thickness 11-25 mm

Half-Blind Dovetail 6,3 mm
Workpiece thickness 8-12 mm

Through Dovetail 19 mm
Workpiece thickness 16-25 mm

Through Dovetail 12,7 mm
Workpiece thickness 8-19 mm

Box Joint 12,7 mm 
Workpiece thickness 8-22 mm

Box Joint 8 mm
Workpiece thickness 8-15 mm

Dovetail Jigs, as well as Templates, can be found here.


Use the robust pressure post to fix the workpiece to the jig, fit with selected template, set the depth of routing and shape the selected joint using a guide bush in your router.

 

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We also recommend purchasing the Universal Clear Router Base FRB170, this base is fitted on the bottom of your router instead of the original base.

The Universal Base is necessary if your router base doesn't support the supplied guide bush.  This base includes a centring cone for gripping in the 8 and 12 mm collet, this helps you to centre not only the base itself but also the guide bush directly into the shaft axis.

If the guide bush is not aligned properly, the joint will not be accurate as the router will move incorrectly along the jig.

 

We recommend reading the Instructions supplied with this jig, both the jig and the workpiece have to be precisely set to achieve an accurate joint.

Our instructional video will help you with the correct setup.



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