Podcast #20: Machine-Cut Dovetails

During this week’s Woodsmith Woodworking Seminar podcast, you’ll get to see a great new fixture that’s featured in ShopNotes Issue No. 93. Bryan Nelson (who is managing editor of ShopNotes magazine) will be routing machine-cut dovetails using the Porter-Cable 4212 dovetail jig.

And to make it even more interesting, he uses the new Dovetail Jig Workcenter. The workcenter is loaded with features that provide storage for the jig and all its accessories, imporved accuracy, and added comfort as you work. Once again, the jig is featured in the lastest issue of ShopNotes (on newsstands now).

After the podcast is finished, stop by the Woodsmith Podcast Store. You’ll find links to project plans, the seminar guide, and a few of the tools and accessories that Bryan used during the seminar.

9 Responses to “Podcast #20: Machine-Cut Dovetails”

john leonard said,

great podcast. the camera operator needs some practice.

Dan Chan said,

I got valuable info. from the podcast. Particularly about routing a light scoring pass before actual slot cutting to prevent tearout and also the reason why raising the bit will loosen the fit.

I have an unrelated question. What shop apron is Bryan Nelson wearing? I like the over the shoulder design. Looks like a “Bucket Boss”, but I’ve searched all over and can’t find that one. Can someone name it?

Bryan Nelson said,

Dan, the apron is a Bucket Boss, unfortunately, I got it a long time ago and don’t know the exact model. I did a search and saw a couple that looked like it but weren’t an exact match.

The main reason I like it is the over-the-shoulder design, as you noticed. It doesn’t pull against the neck, which I can’t stand.

Sorry I couldn’t point you to an exact match.

Bryan Nelson

Mike Lee said,

Looking to buy a new dovetail jig, found info in this viedo very helpfull. Thank you!

Jack Coleman said,

Really got allot of good information from this podcast as I bought this Porter Cable model for dovetails. Look forward to putting this podcast info to good use. I wish I could get a response from this website about the jig table.

Joel Hess said,

Hi Jack,

Glad you enjoyed the podcast. Let me know what you’re interested in regards to the Dovetail Jig Workcenter.

Joel Hess

Chris Morgan said,

Hi Joel,
In regards to the Dovetail Jig Workcenter how do I get a copy of the plans to build the Workcenter. I am a member of Plans Now but cant find it.


Joel Hess said,

Hi Chris,

I’m forwarding your request for the Dovetail Jig Workcenter to the manager of the PlansNow website. It looks like it is not available through PlansNow at this time, but I’m pretty sure it can be. In the meantime, you should be able to contact our Customer Service Reps and I think they can sell it to you. Their number is 800-333-5854. Explain to them exactly what you’re looking for and where you heard about it.

Hope this helps,

Joel Hess
Associate Editor
August Home Publishing

Chris Morgan said,

Thanks Joel they were able to email me a PDF of the plan for $5.00.

Thanks Again
Chris Morgan

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