Hartville Dovetail Jig

WOOD magazine rating
Hartville Tool


The Hart Design GFK1800 has all the same features as the GFK1200 (12") model, but with more capacity, extra rigid tubular steel hold-down bars, and Cam Lock Levers for fast clamping and removal of stock. With the correct templates you can cut 1/4" & 1/2" half blind dovetails, 1/4" & 1/2" half blind rabbeted dovetails, 3/4" & 5/8" through dovetails, plus 1/4", 3/8" & 1/2" box joints. Cuts joints in stock ranging from 7/16" to 1" thick. Edge guides align stock automatically for a perfect fit. The solid aluminum template is CNC-machined to .001" for absolute precision.

Basic 18" Jig (#30073K) - Comes with the 1/2" half blind dovetail template (also does 1/2" rabbeted half-blind dovetails) and instructions as standard. Optional templates, Porter Cable style guide bushings, and bit available separately.

Accessories Required:
1/2" Half-Blind & 1/2" Rabbeted Half-Blind Dovetails - 1/2" Diameter X 14 Deg. Dovetail Bit - 1/4" SH (RD1450), 5/8" OD Template guide Bushing (46535), and Guide Bushing Lock Nut (37923).

WOOD magazine review

Half-blinds only—Need accessories for other joints

Review Summary

This 18" jig's assembly time took the longest, just over one hour, of those dovetail jigs we tested. Similar to older stamped steel jigs, this one features better clamping, with square tubing and cam-action levers, and a powder-coated body to resist slippage. This is primarily a half-blind dovetail jig—to do more than that you'll need to buy additional templates and bits, driving the price to over $250.

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