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Creates dovetails for small-box projects.

Rockler Miniature Dovetail Template & Bit Kit

Item #
20618
Rating:
54% of 100
For years, dovetails have been a classic choice for joining medium and larger sized panels - this kit finally makes them an option for small-box projects as well! Create gorgeous 1/4" through dovetails with tight 1/2" or 5/8" spacing (on center) in stock ranging from 1/4" to just 1/8" thick. The set includes a template, two miniature 1/8" shank router bits, a reducer to adapt your router, and a template guide.

Attaches quickly and easily to the Rockler Dovetail Jig (#22818, sold separately).

No other template allows for dovetail spacing this tight. It works with panels up to 5-1/2" wide - perfect for a great range of small-box projects.
(1) 3/8" thick template
Template guide
(1) 1/4" carbide-tipped dovetail bit (1/8" shank)
(1) 1/8" carbide-tipped straight bit (1/8" shank)
(1) 1/4"-to-1/8" collet reducer
More Information
Brand Rockler
Manufacturer Part Number No
Weight 1.2500
Tech Spec No
Tech Docs
Type Dovetailing
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I could not believe how easy it was to make the small dovetail joints now, before I was having so much trouble and now I could not be any happier unless someone else was doing it for me. What a great pleasure it is seeing the finished project.
June 15, 2018
Purchased
3 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Beginner
Nice template
Just used this today. Love the tiny little dovetails it makes. It's very easy to use. The trac sticks a bit in the jig and it makes it difficult to adjust other than that good value.
July 10, 2017
Purchased
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Advanced
The first box I made using...
The first box I made using the small dovetail cutter was better than I expected. The dovetail cutter chattered, no matter how slowly I cut. The chatter was from the dovetail bit flexing. The next box, I used the straight cutter first on the dovetail tails and then the dovetail bit, which made the cutting easier and quicker. I am very satisfied with the system. I did break the straight cutter, but I did not have it in the router properly.
May 26, 2012
Instructions are a bit cryptic and...
Instructions are a bit cryptic and difficult to follow.1/8 in. dovetail bit broke off in middle of shank while dovetailing soft pine. This while exerting little force on router. Expensive to replace, considering it will have to be replaced often.
December 29, 2010
Mechanically the template works fine. But...
Mechanically the template works fine. But I was disappointed that the embossed icons on the metal were hardly visible. The template had to be moved around to just the right angle of light reflection so the icons would be visible. It's a real inconvenience when the template is installed in the jig, to have to remove it to see which side creates which dovetail set.Editor's clarification: Template is phenolic rather than metal as reviewer notes. Printing on template is laser engraved etching of the phenolic surface. Viewing printing to select a side would be done before installing in jig rather than after. And of course, good shop lighting is always important.
January 23, 2009
I am a jewlery box builder...
I am a jewlery box builder and I purchased the mini jig setup to make the trays. When it works it's great. It makes nice fitting dovetails.The problem is that the bits are too short to go completly into collet so they creep out when under load, break and destroy the piece. Rockler has replaced the broken bits but the down time is killing me. Please make the bits longer and I suspect you will have a good product. Loyal customer.
April 3, 2012
Save your money..two broken bits [with...
Save your money..two broken bits [with 1/8th "white oak] going extremely slow & careful, you have to cobble on a 1/2" shim and be familar with the jig to even figure out how to adjust it. For every other size this jig is the easiest and BEST I've used..limited to about 10" but I love it!
February 7, 2012
Not worth the money
Purchased this attachment some time ago and have yet to complete a box.. Template does not fit the jig. Collet adapter will not secure the bits no matter how much tightening. So much tear out no matter how slow you go. Basically worthless
May 17, 2018
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
I was hoping to add this set to my dovetail jig. I received it as a present and I am buying all the "extras". First the tail bit was not able to cut into the 3/8" wood stock I was using to make a box with, the cuts look terrible. Then when I switched templates, I didn't even cut the wood and the pin bit broke. Bit too thin, maybe should be 3/16" instead of 1/8". Or maybe better steel. AND I can't practice cutting more pins without spending $23.00 or so. My advice, be very careful. I have the jig mounted at chest level and squat to cut the tails and pins. It should be higher with the thinner bits.
October 23, 2016
Purchased
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
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make small frames
ed h on Aug 20, 2018
Make small boxes
Sandra M on Sep 21, 2017
make small frames
ed h on Aug 20, 2018
Ideal for small boxes
Blade D on Jun 29, 2018
Make small boxes
Sandra M on Sep 21, 2017
To replace the one I have now that is getting old and wore out.
DadD on Feb 21, 2017
Small box projects in the future. The 1/8" shank bits will work perfectly with the Dremel.
Bob on Jan 21, 2017
I have the full size set works great.
I came into a bunch of 1/4" oak this should do the trick
Albert F on Aug 22, 2016
I have been wanting this jig for awhile now
Larry T on May 15, 2016
To make small boxes with a dovetail verses a box joint.
Floyd F on Feb 3, 2016
For Dart Board Cabinet
Thomas H on Dec 31, 2015
I heard they were the best for the job I need to do
cathy k on Dec 9, 2015
expand my jig
Dave P on Nov 30, 2015
Business
Bruce N on Nov 14, 2015
Needed for smaller projects
Kevin A on Apr 28, 2015
for thinner material
david s on Apr 7, 2015
Ideal for small boxes
Blade D on Jun 29, 2018
To replace the one I have now that is getting old and wore out.
DadD on Feb 21, 2017
I have the rocker miniature dovetail kit. My my brass template guide is in bad shape and I was wondering if I could purchase a new one. It is a 1/4" od ?
Ken M on Dec 17, 2015