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Half-Blind Dovetails

Perhaps the most common use of the half-blind dovetail joint is drawer box construction. The half-blind joint shows the pins and tails on only one side of the joint while remaining completely invisible on the other. Joining drawer sides to drawer fronts using the half-blind joint leaves the front of the drawer without visible joinery while providing great interlocking strength opposing the stresses constantly applied to the drawer when opening and closing. The half-blind joint can be made with flush sides, rabbeted sides or in an asymmetric configuration.
HOW TO ROUT Half-Blind Dovetails
1. With the finger assembly in the half-blind pin mode, set the pin scale to the thickness of your drawer side (tailboard). The readable scale faces you and is colour coded green.
2. Use the included Leigh e-Bush template guidebush set at the #10 position and the included #120-8 dovetail bit. Or use one of five available half-blind bits.
3. Mount the door front on the top of the jig, under the finger assembly and against the side stop. Now rout the tail sockets leaving the pins exposed.
4. After routing all drawer fronts, simply rotate the finger assembly toward you to access the half-blind tail mode (drawer side)
5. Again, set the scales to the thickness of your drawer side.
6. If you have wider tails, simply slip in the provided bridge piece material. Bridge pieces ensure precise routing on the backside of the tail and guarantee a perfect fit with the tail socket resulting in maximum glue surface area in the joint.
7. Now rout all the tails on all drawer sides.

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