Welcome to the Dovetail Jig
homepage! Below, you can read
about some of the
to making and using a jig to cut notches for your log cabin..
No scribing or laying out the cut lines. It takes less than 4 minutes
to cut all the notches on a log with the jigs! Notch logs for an entire
shell in a day! (The logs in the picture above were all
sawn, notched and stacked in a weekend! Much of that time, I worked
Simply attach the jigs to the log with drywall screws. Fire up your
chainsaw and the jig will guide each cut.
The jigs allow you to make perfect cuts
everytime. No need to make adjustments to the notch after
setting the log in place.
can build your log dovetail jigs using just 3/4" birch
plywood and drywall
screws. A few nuts and bolts and two small pieces of wood are also
needed for the chainsaw guide. Including the cost of the plans, you
will have invested less than $85 for everything (except the
chainsaw). Note, the plans cost $25 and can be purchased here.
notches while standing on the ground. No need to climb up 10 feet in
the air to swing that hatchet or operate the chainsaw.
The plans will work for whatever log style you are working
sided, 2 sided or even 3 sided (D logs) as in the photo below.
use the half dovetail notch instead of the full
saddle notch, or some other notch?
half dovetail is one
of many types of notches. It is superior to the others for one simple
reason: In the event any water makes it into the notch, the slope of
the notch always directs the water straight away to the outside face of
the log. Other notches can trap water within, which will lead to rot.
jigs for any size logs and for whatever gap and
spacing you need..
Building your cabin out of 6x8 timbers and want a 2" gap
between the logs? Or maybe 8x12 with a 3"
gap? Two sided logs with variable gaps for a more rustic
these plans, you will be able to build a set of
meet your specific needs. The
instructions will guide you through the easy steps necessary to build
jigs tailored for any size log and for any desired gap width.
durable are the jigs?
plans include details for
making guides and attaching them to yor chainsaw bar. This protects the
jig from being cut by the saw chain.
jigs will last for hundreds of cuts. If a part ever does get
damaged- it is easily and quickly replaced.
I get the plans for free?
In order to
the website and the jig plans, I am offering a full refund on purchased
plans if the buyer will send me pictures of their jigs and log
the plans. Build your log dovetail jigs and get started on your
cabin. Send me
pictures I can post on this site. I will refund half the
purchase price of the plans for pictures of uncompleted cabins. I will
refund the entire purchase price for pictures of completed log cabin
shells (all logs stacked with rafters on). Be sure to include pictures
of your log dovetail jigs.