Until just a few days ago I used the sliding bevel exclusively to mark the dovetail layout on the tails boards. However, yesterday I started thinking about using a marker, and today I executed the idea: Make a prototype 14° dovetail marker.
It is amazing how much quicker I can now mark the tails, and extend the lines to a second board as I get ready to gang-cut:
It took me about 30 minutes to make these, including resawing the small original board. After machining I simply glued the tops to the angle templates using 2P10 adhesive (on the template) and activator (on the tops) – you can release finger pressure in 10 seconds, and it holds. Not bad, if you make prototypes.
So far I am pleased with the results. I still prefer to do the layout using calipers, and then use these markers to complete the layout.
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