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Bridge City Tool Works For the past twenty-five years we have been producing innovative and impeccably crafted heirloom tools for serious woodworkers and collectors worldwide. Made in America, all of our tools are produced in limited numbers and with minimal care should continue to inspire your children's children. I believe the look, feel and accuracy of each Bridge City tool will always influence you to do your best work. Quality is contagious. Regards, John Economaki President & Founder

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Old 03-31-2014, 09:03 AM
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Has anyone ever cut dovetails on one of these Jointmakers?
It looks like it might be perfect for that.
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I have, and you're right they're great for that. Everything comes out parallel and super clean. Pretty impressive.
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The only problem I've found is that you can't get a fretsaw sawblade thin enough to fit in the kerf to cut out the waste. Actually, you can get one thin enough, but it's not strong enough. So when you cut the waste out, you have to cut all the way from the top. So why not just use the fretsaw to cut the dovetails?
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I just make several extra cuts to form leaves that chip out easily. Then the Blue Spruce chisels finish the job. I usually don't cut dovetails for larger pieces on the JMP. I do those with the Badaxe and the Knew Concepts.
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I cut dovetails on the JMP and it works well. On tails, I particularly like that you can quickly flip the boards and knock out dovetails quickly and evenly. That plus spacer blocks lets you cut them in almost record time.

Peter - on you thin kerf issue, why not just cut a second kerf on the pins or tails that allow you to slip in a Knew concepts saw and blade? That's what I do and it works pretty well and is faster than trying to saw them all by hand.

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Okami,

Bridge City has some videos on cutting dovetails with the JMP on their website.

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I cut dovetails on the JMP and it works well. On tails, I particularly like that you can quickly flip the boards and knock out dovetails quickly and evenly. That plus spacer blocks lets you cut them in almost record time.

Peter - on you thin kerf issue, why not just cut a second kerf on the pins or tails that allow you to slip in a Knew concepts saw and blade? That's what I do and it works pretty well and is faster than trying to saw them all by hand.

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Okami,

Bridge City has some videos on cutting dovetails with the JMP on their website.

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Cool, I'll take a look!
I'm a saw and fretsaw user for dovetails, or if they don't need that hand cut look, I just use my incra fence on the router table (if I can be bothered to clear the mess off it)
I'm just wondering, and would be interested in seeing (photos) of how you guys use the joint maker.
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It's the perfect tool for making shoulder cuts for tenons. Every cut lines up perfectly around the tenon.
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Okami,

I did a bridal joint a couple years ago and posted a writ up with photos on the BCTW forum.

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