Miter Clamp Assisted Marking of Pin Board

When making dovetailed joints, how do you align the tail to the pin board (or vice versa) for marking?

Traditional Method:

  • Cut out and clean up tail board
  • Place pin board in vice aligning the end of the board with a board placed on bench
  • Align tail board on (future) pin board
  • Mark

Miter Clamp Method:

Why not use a miter clamp?
  • Alignment is quicker
  • Alignment is a perfect 90°
  • It is easier to check for any gap at the base of the dovetails by holding the piece up to a light
  • If the marks are poorly made the first time, marking again is not a problem

If the marks are faint, it is much easier to align the two boards to remark. It is especially easy to reclamp and remark with a lipped draw


  1. Good idea! The transfer markings are such an important step in making drawers turn out flat, and this looks like it would be a big help for that.


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