I made an Ebony dovetail marker to use with my new marking knife. I plan to make several dovetailed walnut boxes, so this new marker will be a welcome addition to the tool chest.
I typically use a sliding bevel to layout dovetails, but a dedicated marker will save a lot of time.
Here are the steps that I used to craft the marker:
Dovetails in hardwood typically have a 1:8 ratio.
Draw a vertical line at least 8 inches long. From the top of the vertical, measure and mark a 1″ horizontal line from the top.
Mark 8″ on the vertical.
Connect the lines and set the sliding bevel gage.
Mark the angle on the wood for reference.
I use my bench hook as a miter for angles. I mark the angle on the bench hook and saw a kerf.
And now I am ready to saw the Ebony that will be used for the dovetail marker.
Second cut. Almost finished.
Cutting the back. This piece will register the marker when in use.
Overall, a very simple project that will produce a useful and time saving tool.