25 Apr The Crucible Tools Dovetail Template
You may have to wait a while to get your hands on the Crucible Dovetail Template. Designed and sold by Lost Art Press, the first run has already sold out. The tool marks out dovetail joint tails and pins, and it allows you to easily and accurately lay out the angled and straight parts of the joint. This template marks out the two most common dovetail slopes, 1:6 and 1:8 (9.5° and 7.1° respectively). This solid steel template is based on a discontinued version from Woodjoy Tools. Lost Art contacted the designer, Glenn Livingston, to obtain his blessing for our tool, and he receives a royalty on every one that is sold. Unlike the original, the Crucible Dovetail Template is milled from one piece of steel, which ensures a perfect 90° at the corner. (While this might seem wasteful, all the excess is recycled.) The tool measures 5/8″ x 1-11/16″ x 3″. The angled sections of the tool are long enough to mark out tails in 1-3/8″ stock. The straight section of the tool is long enough to reach fully across two 3/4″-thick boards (for those who gang-cut dovetails). There’s also a handy hang hole, just like on the original. The Crucible Dovetail Template is made in Kentucky.