The dovetail jig made my first dovetails so well I’m keeping the box I made using it for show!
This jig allowed me to get great cuts my very first time dovetailing. Unfortunately there isn’t a jig for the chiseling part of the process. That’s where I got a big gap. But the saw cuts were great. My tails board was the end of a kerf cut curve so it was not a good flat 90 degree face. But thanks to this jig and the saw and marking gauge I got from KM it made an advanced joint possible on my first try. Just had to put a little epoxy in there to fill the sloppy chisel work.
Overall I’m really happy with this. It’s allowed me to cut dovetails much more accurately than I could have before, and greatly reduced the stress of a large build. That said, I was surprised by how quickly the material scuffs, and it I don’t know whether that’s going to be purely cosmetic, or whether it’s possible that it might wear unevenly over time and will need replacing.
Need to look at this more but it seems the engraved wording on the top of the jig and the shape of the post are not in agreement. 90* engraving gives a angled reference on the post for example. Wondering if this one may have slipped through QC and marked wrong. I’d like to discuss this with someone but there is no phone number to call with. The product has potential but until we figure out what’s going on I cannot reccomenc it. Feel free to call me John Edwards
I’m really pleased with my KM saw guide. I’m a weekend woodworker and don’t cut them often enough for good muscle memory. I’ve only been able to get good results with a bandsaw jig in the past. This is much more satisfying to use, quieter, and faster too! I highly recommend this jig. I used mine with a western style saw. I haven’t tried with a Japanese saw yet but will be buying one soon.