|Woodsmith (www.woodsmith.com) reviewed the Keller 1500. This review and illustrations are © 2004 Woodsmith.
Using the Keller Jig
Woodsmith, Vol. 26, Issue No. 151, February/March 2004
Whether it's on a small box or a large case piece, no woodworking joint is quite as strong or impressive as a through dovetail. Really the only drawback to this classic joint is that it can be a lot of work to cut and fit accurately. That is, until you try out the Keller Dovetail Jig.
I've found that with this easy-to-use jig you can rout flawless through dovetails in a matter of minutes. With it, an entire project can be completed before you'll even have most other jigs set up.
What's in the box. Some dovetail jigs have a learning curve so steep, you'll almost be discouraged from using them. Not so with the Keller Jig. Mine is the 1500 model and when you open the box, all you'll find is a thick, phenolic template, two router bits with bearing guides (one dovetail and one straight), and the instructions for using the jig.
The comb-like template has back-to-back routing slots. You use the straight slots to cut the tails and flared slots to cut the pins. Since there are no adjustments to make, the setup is quick and easy. All you need to do is mount the template on a clamping block.
Versatile. The Keller system allows you to use either a hand-held router or a router table setup. The router table method can be especially helpful for thin or narrow stock, where the workpiece won't support the weight of the template, block, and router.