21 Dec Affordable, Professional Grade Dovetail Machines
There are a number of small machines on the market now that take the place of dovetail jigs for smaller woodshops that build drawers in-house.. These dedicated machines simplify set-up, cut down on the time spent tweaking joints, and can run all day long. Click on the names to see the manufacturer’s websites, and note that the prices shown are what WoodEzine found on 12/21/20. The G0610 from Grizzly ($2,995 + $129 freight) has a 1 HP motor, runs on 110 or 220 current, has a cast iron table frame, a cast aluminum carriage, chrome ways, ball-bearing guides and 4-sided templates that make it easy to change styles. It makes half-blind dovetails. There’s a 4” dust port, quick-cam clamping, and it uses a 10-degree bit with a 12mm shank. It will machine drawer stock up to 11-1/4” tall and 28” deep. A larger machine from Grizzly (the G0611X, $3,495 + $175 freight) handles stock up to 2-3/8” thick and can accommodate drawers that are 16-1’2” tall and 59” deep. A Shopfox version of the 11-1/4” machine was listed on Tool Nut for $2,988.99. Powermatic offers two machines, the DT45 and the DT65. Both run on single-phase current and the smaller machine handles drawer parts up to 11” deep and 31” long. The larger DT65 accepts work up to 16-1/2” deep and 59” long, so this machine and others like the Grizzly G0611X can handle smaller blanket chests. We saw the DT45 listed in several catalogs at $4,499.99 and the DT65 at $6,499.99. Cantek also makes a single-phase manual dovetail machine, the JDT-65, which we found listed by Hermance at $4,820. It makes drawer parts up to 16-1/2” wide and 59” long. Cantek is based in Blaine, Washington and generally supplies larger industrial machinery.