The Pathfinder PF1
Introducing the Pathfinder Pf1™
The Pathfinder™ is as easy a way to make the commonest and most useful joints as you could wish for. For the beginner it makes no-brainer tenons and easy dovetails, and for the professional it cracks out perfect work at speed, so it’s ideal for the busy commercial workshop.
This is of prime importance: how often has one seen really nice work let down by clunky machine-made dovetailed drawers because the client demands dovetails but the budget won’t stretch to hand-cut work. The Pathfinder uses the full range of WoodRat 1in7 bits and can joint a series of perfect, classic drawers with fine dovetails in less than five minutes each. There is no other way to do this.
And no jig system will tackle such a wide variety of tasks at such a low cost.
Three parts make up the Pathfinder Pf1: (order below if you need the pieces separetly.)
3. Now add in the right Template for the job in hand and you're ready to go.
Tenons are not rocket science.
This is a shot of different sizes of tenon at the testing stage, glued up roughly in a stack. You can see double and twin tenons and twin dowels also, and two (actually 11/2) stars made with a 3mm acrylic star cut and placed in the Blank Template.
The Tenon Template will align your tenon where you need it on the rail end in seconds.
Rounded ends are standard with the template, but square ends are simply made. You are working around the outside of the template, which stops you cutting into the tenon: raise the Pin and the bit cuts free, and you can make classic square ended tenons. Raise the bit and you can make a haunch on the tenon.
Long Tenons and Deep Mortises
Photo of Dovetail Template at work
Getting more interesting...
This Template is a little more complex and the joint looks less easy, but the instructions are clear and it’s not hard when you follow them. Each Template has two sets of half-blind dovetail, each with different pitches so there is a good chance that your joint will fit to one or the other with minimum adjustment to your design. Each Template works with one of our range of 1in7 bits. You can of course vary the thickness of the drawer front. It will allow you to design and make classic drawers: even cock-beaded, veneered drawers.
The Blank Template
Photo of Template
Add your own shapes.
The Half-Blind Dovetail Template is designed for one size of bit. The pitch is fixed but each Template has two slightly different pitches accessible by just turning it round. It will work with drawers unto.
Having the MB3, you will be able to make the first 45degree cuts of a Secret or Mitred Dovetail, and then using a similar technique to half-blind dovetails, you complete the joint with the dovetails concealed inside the mitres. Suitable for 12-6 bit making half blind dovetails for drawers to to 190mm deep.
Tenons 8mm, 10mm and 1/2" (12.7mm) wide to make tenons from dowels to 3" (75mm) twin and double.
The Pathfinder Pf1 and one each of the four Templates:
MB3 Miter Box
The Mitre Box fits firmly into the cam clamp and holds work at any angle to the cutter. You can use it to make mitred (secret) dovetails, mitred laps or even hold table-legs horizontal to cut sliding dovetails. The Mitre Box is also used for holding small pieces horizontal above the reach of the cam clamp.
The Pf1 Pathfinder comprises MitreBox and Pathfinder Parts. Save nearly £20.
They go with the MitreBox MB3 to make up the Pathfinder™ Pf1.
The pitch or spacing of the pins is fixed, but each Dovetail Template can accommodate several different sizes of dovetail bit. As the dovetails get larger they get to look more cramped, so you go for a larger Dovetail Template. First template is pitched at 26mm. Suitable for bits 10-5, 12-6 and 14-7. There will be different pitches later