Step 1

Insert the pin board into the aluminium clamps on the jig.

Pin board held in the jig

Step 2 (optional)

For additional security, use a deep throat g-clamp to hold the pin board.

Using a deep throat G clamp to hold the pin board

Step 3

Place the tail board into the jig and tighten the aluminium clamp so it’s held securely.

Positioning the tail board


There should be a tiny amount of overhang on the tail board; no more than 0.25mm which can easily be felt with the fingers.

Step 4

Use a ‘V’ shaped dovetail marking out knife, mark the pins by scribing around each in turn.

Top Tip!

Make sure that the knife is used firmly to leave a deep cut in the end grain.

Step 5

Use a square and marking knife to transfer parallel lines from each pin onto the shoulder line.

Step 6

Finally, complete the marking out of the pin board by carefully shading the waste sections.

Complete marking out, waste shaded