Compatibility

A few years ago, Gifkins changed the Gifkins Dovetail jig from one made with a body of MDF, to one made from aluminium.  As part of the transition, there was a change to the mounting system for the templates, from one involving 5 wood screws to one with two hex bolts.

Unfortunately, this inevitably meant that old templates would not fit the new body, and vise versa.  The new template is also thicker, but that doesn’t matter here.

So what I have done, if only temporarily until I can get a full set of the new templates, is modify the old template to fit the new body.  Only takes a few minutes, and works well.

Gifkins Dovetail Templates

Gifkins Dovetail Templates

Using one of the new templates as a template (!) I marked where the new template holes go, drilled and countersunk the two securing holes.

Gave it a quick try, and got a perfectly acceptable dovetail.  Sweet!

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