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Rout Half-Blind Dovetails


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Half-Blind Dovetails video — Leigh Super Jigs

Perhaps the most common use of the half-blind dovetail joint is drawer box construction. The half-blind joint shows the pins and tails on only one side of the joint while remaining completely invisible on the other. Joining drawer sides to drawer fronts using the half-blind joint leaves the front of the drawer without visible joinery while providing great interlocking strength opposing the stresses constantly applied to the drawer when opening and closing. The half-blind joint can be made with flush sides, rabbeted sides or in an asymmetric configuration.

1 With the finger assembly in the half-blind pin mode, set the pin scale to the thickness of your drawer side (tailboard). The readable scale faces you and is colour coded green.
2 Use the included Leigh e-Bush template guidebush set at the #10 position and the included #120-8 dovetail bit. Or use one of five available half-blind bits.
3 Mount the door front on the top of the jig, under the finger assembly and against the side stop. Now rout the tail sockets leaving the pins exposed.
4 After routing all drawer fronts, simply rotate the finger assembly toward you to access the half-blind tail mode (drawer side).
5 Again, set the scales to the thickness of your drawer side.
6 If you have wider tails, insert the provided bridge piece material. Bridge pieces ensure precise routing on the backside of the tail and guarantee a perfect fit with the tail socket resulting in maximum glue surface area in the joint.
7 Now rout all the tails on all drawer sides.

 

For more detailed instructions, see User Guides and Bulletins in the Support section.

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