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Our best and most versatile dovetail jig ever!

Rockler Complete Dovetail Jig

Item #
22818
Rating:
78% of 100

Cutting beautiful through and half-blind dovetails is fast and easy with our new and improved dovetail jig! Rockler's exclusive one-piece stop gives you the perfect offset every time for dead-on dovetailing accuracy. And our new preset template guide allows for quick initial setup for 1/2" to 3/4" thick stock. Jig will cut half-blind dovetailed joints from 1/2" to 1-1/8" thick and full through dovetails from 3/8" to 3/4" thick.


Features:

  • Accommodates stock up to 11" wide
  • 8mm diameter bits are 25% larger than typical 1/4" bits, reduce chatter and fit all existing Rockler dovetail jigs
  • Preset template and fence locations clearly marked for standard thickness stock
  • Clamping bars include abrasive surface to grip stock and prevent slipping
  • Depth gauge on template for setting dovetail bit height for half-blind joints
  • Requires router with 1/2" collet.
  • Requires a router base plate that accepts template guide bushings.
(1) Dovetail Jig
(2) Phenolic Templates
(1) 1/2'' x 14° x 8mm Shank, Carbide-Tipped Router Bit
(1) 1/2'' x 8° x 8mm Shank, Carbide-Tipped Router Bit
(1) 5/16'' x 8mm Shank, Straight Carbide-Tipped Router Bit
(1) 1/2'' to 8mm Collet Adapter
(1) 7/16'' Guide Bushing (fits Porter Cable router opening for Guide Bushings)
(1) Detailed eight-page instruction booklet
More Information
Brand Rockler
Weight 23.4000
Technical Documents
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Prop 65 WarningWARNING: Drilling, sawing, sanding or machining wood products can expose you to wood dust, a substance known to the State of California to cause cancer. Avoid inhaling wood dust or use a dust mask or other safeguards for personal protection. For more information go to www.P65Warnings.ca.gov/wood.
3.9 / 5.0
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Great tool!
Made tight joints after minimal adjustment of the bit depth and rear stop bar. Only issue I had was in regard to the instructions and the rear stop bar. Using the rockler universal router adapter on a rigid router the reference on the jig is correct however the instructions indicated a calculation was needed due to the diameter difference in their universal plate and that of a porter cable standard guide plate.
August 19, 2019
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Dovetail Jig
I have it all set up and dust collector hooked up now, will start soon trying to make some really nice Jewelry boxes and keep sake boxes.
July 31, 2019
Purchased
3 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Loving it.
Really pleased with the tight fit in my first project. Definitely need to follow directions and advice to make practice cuts on scrap. Also, even being careful I found a way to damage my first template. Totally my fault, you MUST shut down router and wait for it to stop before removing from jig.
June 5, 2019
Purchased
3 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Beginner
Complete Dovetail Jig
Having fun with the jig. Haven't done any serious work yet., still playing with it. Set up is easy and the routing is easy.
December 20, 2018
Purchased
8 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Beginner
Dovetail jig
Excellent tool ,easy to use ,accurate cuts glad I bought it...????
October 26, 2018
Purchased
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Great woodworking tool.
This jig makes making dovetail joints a breeze. A little bit of a learning curve to use. Highly recommended building a jig stand/storage box for it.
October 21, 2018
Purchased
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Great jig.
Solid made and about the same price as others. Takes a little bit to get used to the setup but once you do it a few times it is not an issue. The depth of the dovetail is easy to adjust and allows for very fine tuning.
October 20, 2018
Purchased
12 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
New to wood working and dove tailing. This was super easy to use and learn. I did one mock drawer and then made the one I actually used for the project. Would recommend this jig to anyone wanting to do dove tail jigs.
September 1, 2018
Purchased
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Beginner
rockler dovetail jig
i was impressed how easy the setup was. At first i was concerned it would be a bit complex, but the instructions were clear and easy to understand. it only took me 2 practice runs to get the halfblind dovetails dialed in perfectly! I also purchased the porter cable 690 to use with this jig. Very happy with this purchase.
half blind dovetails
half blind dovetails
April 28, 2018
Purchased
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Rockler Dovetail Jig
Have made several different pieces of furniture for our grandkids, bar cabinets and more. This jig works well. Need to pay attention so you don't get two left or two right sides. Can't blame that on the jig. Easy to use, good instructions.
March 27, 2018
Purchased
over 5 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Advanced
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Why did you choose this?
Rockler Store
Needed a dovetail jig and this seemed to be a good choice and the price was right
Tom D on Aug 25, 2019
It was on sale! It had mostly positive reviews, and need a dovetail jig!
Todd K on Aug 20, 2019
Needed a dovetail jig and this seemed to be a good choice and the price was right
Tom D on Aug 25, 2019
Been looking for dovetail jig for a long time. Great price on this one!
Alan D. S on Aug 21, 2019
It was on sale! It had mostly positive reviews, and need a dovetail jig!
Todd K on Aug 20, 2019
it was on sale couldnt pass it up
mike b on Aug 19, 2019
My brother-in-law has one and has had no problems with it.
ROGER A on Aug 14, 2019
Sale Price
Simon E on Aug 14, 2019
price and reviews
RANDY N on Aug 6, 2019
Good one for the price.
To make dovetail joints
James B on Aug 4, 2019
To do multiple cuts without having to reposition wood
Thomas F on Aug 2, 2019
I don't currently own a dovetail jig. I am just starting out so I thought it would be nice to use a jig to make some cabinet drawers and figured this would be a quick way to get it done.
Ryan W on Jun 26, 2019
Features I think I can work. Liked the inclusion of bits. High reviews
Robert N on Mar 15, 2019
Always wanted one
Scott B on Jan 11, 2019
Making new kitchen drawers
Patrick M on Jan 6, 2019
Needed to learn how to make dovetails and thought this would be the best way.
Paul M on Jan 2, 2019
Hubby has wanted one for awhile now and I know he had been looking at this one.
Charleen J on Dec 18, 2018
I picked this item for my son as a Christmas present.
John M on Dec 12, 2018
I starting to build boxes and want a jig to help me.
A. Dennis O on Dec 7, 2018
Making drawers wanted dovetail jig. Comes with everything to make them.
Bob C on Dec 7, 2018
Husband's Christmas List.
Carol Y on Dec 4, 2018
Christmas present
Dorothy S on Nov 29, 2018
Repairing cabinet drawer boxes
J. Ellis C on Nov 28, 2018
need to upgrade kitchen cabinets with stronger drawers
Scott B on Nov 27, 2018
My son requested this tool
Cholla G on Nov 26, 2018
I needed one for cabinet construction
Eric S. M on Nov 26, 2018
I needed one
Michael W on Nov 24, 2018
Making cabinets
I always wanted to do dovetails. Rockler jig has good reviews and it is on sale.
Ed S on Nov 24, 2018
Wanted one for a long time and I couldn't resist this low price.
Bryan B on Nov 24, 2018
A good price on a dovetail jig, doing cabinet drawers.
Clark B on Nov 23, 2018
I bought one as a present for my father and he had so much fun we bought one for my wife and I too!
Robert H on Nov 23, 2018
I want to make dove tails
John K on Nov 23, 2018
Making a dresser; plan to dovetail the drawers.
BILL C on Nov 22, 2018
looks complete and easy to use
Bill F on Aug 27, 2018
I like the Rockler brand. Everything I have bought under the Rockler brand has been good quality. I also like that this jig comes with everything I need to get started.
Caleb R on Aug 17, 2018
On sale, came with router bits
Charles L on Aug 13, 2018
quality and price
Ray R on Aug 12, 2018
$60 off
Eric C on Aug 9, 2018
My husband has recently restarted woodworking and said good dovetail can only be done with the use of this product. Happy Father's Day!
Janet L on Jun 9, 2018
do a lot of woodworking.
John R on May 6, 2018
It for my sons birthday and he loves to do woodworking.
Kathy E on Feb 9, 2018
Old craftsman dovetail jig didn’t work anymore
Robanette C on Jan 30, 2018
I want to use dovetail for the draws and I have use the jig before. now I want one for my shop.
William L on Jan 26, 2018
Good reviews on the internet
Charles W on Jan 4, 2018
Rated as good and easy to use.
Fred T on Dec 21, 2017
I just wanted it
Karen W on Dec 19, 2017
Rockler quality and reviews for ease of use.
I have many Rockler products and enjoy them all.
Henry S on Dec 18, 2017
This should be a fun addition to my shop for making various boxes for gifts.
Kevin R on Dec 17, 2017
Good reviews by fellow woodworkers
Peggy C on Dec 17, 2017
I wanted one
anna g on Dec 15, 2017
Been looking for dovetail jig for a long time. Great price on this one!
Alan D. S on Aug 21, 2019
it was on sale couldnt pass it up
mike b on Aug 19, 2019
what routers are compatible with this jig?
big-d on Jan 6, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I would suggest a Porter Cable 690, this router already has a base that accepts the standard bushing that comes with this dovetail jig
I just bought this jig. Tested several times making multiple adjustments and still can't get the 1/2 blinds to fit. Pins too large/ slot too small. I have dropped the bit as well as raised the bit. Nothing seems to work. I'm using the bushing the kit came with as well as the 1/2" 14 degree bit it came with. Very frustrated. How do I fix?
Autumnchaos13 on Feb 4, 2017
BEST ANSWER: if bushing isn't centered on bit there will be a small amount of "lash". In other words, the bit will be spinning in an offset circle from the bushing (think oblong) enough to cause looseness.
I have a Hitachi M12VC router- will the base accept the bushing?
John H on Aug 6, 2015
BEST ANSWER: As long as it has a 1/2" collet.
I have a bosch 1617EVSPK router. Do you know if the base will accept the guide bushings?
A shopper on Aug 5, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The Bosch 1617 base will not accept the guide bushings. Rockler does have a base that will fit the 1617 router that will accept the guide bushings. The # is 35062 and the price is $11.99
Can you make box or finger joints with this jig?
RevitMatter on Apr 27, 2016
BEST ANSWER: No, this is not recommend for this type of joint; we recommend a box joint jig for this.
The Rockler web page for this jig shows a dust collector attachment, but the actual Rockler list of what's included doesn't reflect dust collector parts. Does it or doesn't it include the dust collector?
Earl F on Jan 31, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The dust collector is sold separately but has been sometimes packaged with the jig as a sale item. I bought mine that way but do not know if they still periodically package them together at times for sales.
What would I need to make this work with a festool 1010 router?
James Prutilpac P on Oct 7, 2017
Will this work with a Ryobi re180pl1g, it is a 1/2" collet?
Andrew L on May 14, 2017
BEST ANSWER: all routers that are Plunge and have a base (bit opening of 1 and 1/4 ") that will allow for the 7/16 guide bushing works. The kit includes a reducer that fits the 1/2 collet.
For first timers, the instructions aren't the greatest, so plan of setting aside several "test: boards.
Can I buy the shaft that the tightening handle screws into so handle is on right side?
Garver B on Dec 5, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The only way the handle is not on the right side is if you have installed it backwards The handle should tighten as you push it down, not as you pull it up.
I can not lower my dovetail bit to the desired height because it hits the template guide bushing. What am I doing wrong?
A shopper on Aug 10, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I had the same problem. You are using the wrong router bit for the the 1/2 blind dovetails. Use only the shorter of the dovetail bits (1/2"x 14 degrees). See the last paragraph at the bottom of page 2 of the instructions. I did exactly same thing as you. I guess it makes sense to read the instructions!!
I use a Makita RT0700 router which only accepts a 1/4" shank bits. Would the bits provided in the package be able to fit ?
Ali J on Apr 27, 2015
BEST ANSWER: No, it won't. You can buy a dovetail bits with a 1/4 inch shank. You also have to make sure that the bit you buy will fit through the guide bushing with the proper amount protruding.
This seems to be a good deal but I am not sure how to use it so suggestions how to learn to use this dove trailer maker? I don’t want it sitting there collecting dust from non use. Thanks to all
Gary on Aug 6, 2018
BEST ANSWER: It IS a good deal and a great jig. I would suggest either searching YouTube for making dovetails or asking around locally for someone who has done it. Once you have an accurate set up it is very easy.
Confused about stock thickness. Looks like 1/2 or more is standard, but I don't understand why. I want to build a small box with 1/4 or 3/8 stock. Will this unit do the job?
Papacat on Aug 28, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I just recently built 6 drawers using wood from pallets. Some oak, poplar, pine, unknown but I planed them all down for flatness and thickness...... wound up between 3/8" and 7/16" so I had to "Fiddle" with the adjustments, but YES! it will work, and you don't need any spacers...... just practice with scraps until it fits then GO FOR IT!
I have 3 top of the line routers, but they only take 1/4" bits. Will this work with your dovetail jigs?
Goffer on Aug 16, 2017
BEST ANSWER: You must have a cutter whose taking 8mm Hello Milan
Whats the differences between Rockler dovetail kit and the Porter-cable dovetail jig kit?
Abe Y on Aug 9, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Abe
I actually don't know because I've only used the Rockler system. I can certainly vouch for it! My view is that systems within the same price range will be similar in specs ... If you need greater width than 12 inches, say, you will be spending more. But if your just doing boxes or drawers, Rockler is your man!!

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How thick of stock will it accept?
Kenn f on Apr 3, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Up to 3/4".
I have a Bosch MR23EVS plunge router. What base plate do I use for the brass colet in the plate?
Sir Shootest on Jun 7, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Sorry, I do not have an answer
i just received this. however i cannot mount the bushing to my makita m3600g router plate as the diameter on the plate is bigger. is there any way to solve my problem? will the makita template guide adapter #54390 allow me to use the bushing?
zamrie on Feb 11, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Sorry, wish I could help. I use a Bosch 1617 and porta cable bushing with mine.
Do I have to use a plunge router for full through dove tails?
Boomer#1 on Oct 4, 2018
BEST ANSWER: No, I used a fixed base.
Will this work if I have a 1/4" shank?
Scott B on Aug 31, 2018
BEST ANSWER: This system requires a router with a 1/2" collet.

The kit includes the required adapter to accommodate the 8mm diameter bit shank in the 1/2" collet.
The jig has settings for 1/2 and 3/4 inch thick wood. What if I am doing 3/8 inch thick wood? Is it just a trial and error and then mark on the guide with a pencil?
J A on May 19, 2018
BEST ANSWER: For a trial, perhaps you could extrapolate using the difference in the settings between 1/2" and 3/4". If it takes so many graduations on the scales on the brackets holding the template and stop bar to make a quarter inch difference, half that many should make an eighth inch difference.(I think!)
If you're thinking of using a 1/2 inch bit, this may not work. The router bit's depth of cut is a constant. Rockler does sell a template to cut 1/4 inch dovetails, however.
I need the lock nut under the fence lock knob. I lost one. What is the size/dimensions? Can I order one somewhere?
Gary S on Mar 2, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Please contact Rockler Technical Service at 800-260-9663.
I own several brands of dovetail jigs. Purchased this one because of the dust collection. Cannot make the 1/2 blind dovetails fit. The pins simply don't fit in the tails. Have set up the jig several times and cut numerous test boards with all different hgt adjustments from the recommended 9/16" down to 17/32" in .005" increments with absolutely the same result. The others work fine and I have set them up countless times with no issues. The good news is that the dust collection works great, the bad news is the jig is unusable as is. Any ideas?
Jim B on Jan 13, 2018
BEST ANSWER: What size guide bushing are you using? The correct size is 7/16 diameter. A 1/2 " bushing will fit into the slots in the template nice and snug, but 7/16 " is the correct size to use. Don't ask how I found out! 9/16", give or take a few thousandths is the correct bit height.
If it gets published, read what I wrote in my review of this jig. Some insight might be gained into why it doesn't work as well as it could
I have a Rockler dovetail jig and want to make box joints do I need a special template to cut these or will the dovetail template that came with the jig work?
Leland on Nov 25, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I believe that you only need the dovetail template to create box joints. It should say in the instruction manual you receive with the jig. If not there are great YouTube videos sponsored by rockler that are extremely helpful. “Dovetail jig (rockler)”
I have a Triton 3HP router, will this jig work with it?
Judi S on Oct 11, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Your router base will have to be compatible with Porter Cable style bushing to use it with this dovetail jig. For this router you would need an adapter to reduce the 3" opening at the routers base
When making drawers using the half blind technique, I simply can not find the settings when using two different thicknesses, for example 3/4 "for the drawer front and 1/2" for the sides and back.? HELP PLEASE This of course is for the Rockler dovetail jig.
Patrick O on Sep 26, 2017
BEST ANSWER: If you cut a dado on the drawer fronts, leaving the rest of the wood the same thickness as the sides, it will work.
I have not done this myself, but the instructions do cover this. Practice with scrap wood..............
I have bits with the bearings integrated. can i use these?
Leslie C on Sep 22, 2017
BEST ANSWER: No! The brass bushing must follow the template and the bearing would not work.
Is the stop adjustable?
Randall C B on Jul 24, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Do not know as I have not had the chance to use my dovetail jig as of yet.
Can you use a 1/4 dovetail bit installed in a hand-held DeWalt router?
Stuart M on Apr 20, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes
Why is it necessary to use the left side of the jig to do the joints on the left side of the box and the right hand side of the jig for the right hand joints (as per the instructions)? I have used the left side for all joints and it seems to work fine.
tom g on Jan 25, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I agree with you completely! I just made 6 drawers with half blind dovetails, and I cut them ALL on the left side. I had taken a lot of time to get the adjustments set right with scrap wood, and I saw no reason to have to do all that over again for the right side. The IMPORTANT THING TO REMEMBER IS TO KEEP THE INSIDE OF THE DRAWER SIDES FACING OUT!!! Number the sides, fronts and backs, and route the matching pieces together at the same time and they can all be done on the left side!