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"Single Pass" Half-Blind Dovetails

Single pass half-blind joints share the same characteristics as variably spaced half-blind joints with one notable exception, the pins and tails can be routed in a single pass with both boards mounted in the jig at the same time. Single pass dovetails are generally used when production time is critical. Although not as aesthetically pleasing as a variably spaced joint, the joint is equally as strong and jig set up minimal.
How to Rout "Single Pass" Half-Blind Dovetails
1. Make sure the finger assembly is in the Half-blind Tail mode. The pins and tails are routed at the same time in this mode.
2. If the drawer side is 1/2" or less, insert the nylon stop rod in the tail end of the fingers. The rod acts as a limit stop as the pins are routed. Thicker drawer sides do not require the rod.
3. Insert the spacer in the front side stop in the #1 position. The spacer provides the correct offset for the tail board.
4. Clamp the tail board (drawer side) in the front clamp and the pin board (drawer front) in the top clamp.
5. Set the scale to the thickness if the drawer side (tail board). That's it - there is only one scale setting and only one finger assembly mode for single pass dovetails.
6. Use the included Leigh e-Bush template guidebush and the included #80-8 dovetail bit. Or, depending on the drawer front thickness, use one of the five Half-blind bits available.
7. Rout in and around all tail sockets to form the pins and tails in one pass.


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