Welcome to the Dovetail Jig homepage! Below, you can read about some of the benefits to making and using a jig to cut notches for your log cabin..

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  • Fast! No scribing or laying out the cut lines. It takes less than 4 minutes to cut all the notches on a log with the jigs! Notch logs for an entire cabin shell in a day! (The logs in the picture above were all sawn, notched and stacked in a weekend! Much of that time, I worked alone.)
  • Easy! Simply attach the jigs to the log with drywall screws. Fire up your chainsaw and the jig will guide each cut.
  • Precise! The jigs allow you to make perfect cuts everytime. No need to make adjustments to the notch after setting the log in place. 
  • Low Cost! You can build your log dovetail jigs using just 3/4" birch plywood and drywall screws. A few nuts and bolts and two small pieces of wood are also needed for the chainsaw guide. Including the cost of the plans, you will have invested less than $85 for everything (except the chainsaw).  Note, the plans cost $25 and can be purchased here.
  • Safety! Cut all of your notches while standing on the ground. No need to climb up 10 feet in the air to swing that hatchet or operate the chainsaw.
The plans will work for whatever log style you are working with, 4 sided, 2 sided or even 3 sided (D logs) as in the photo below.

Why use the half dovetail notch instead of the full dovetail, saddle notch, or some other notch?

The half dovetail is one of many types of notches. It is superior to the others for one simple reason: In the event any water makes it into the notch, the slope of the notch always directs the water straight away to the outside face of the log. Other notches can trap water within, which will lead to rot.

Custom jigs for any size logs and for whatever gap and spacing you need..

Building your cabin out of 6x8 timbers and want a 2" gap between the logs? Or maybe 8x12 with a 3" gap? Two sided logs with variable gaps for a more rustic look? 

With these plans, you will be able to build a set of customized jigs to meet your specific needs. The instructions will guide you through the easy steps necessary to build jigs tailored for any size log and for any desired gap width.

How durable are the jigs?

The plans include details for making guides and attaching them to yor chainsaw bar. This protects the jig from being cut by the saw chain.
The jigs will last for hundreds of cuts. If a part ever does get damaged- it is easily and quickly replaced.

Can I get the plans for free?

Yes! In order to promote the website and the jig plans, I am offering a full refund on purchased plans if the buyer will send me pictures of their jigs and log cabin projects.

Buy the plans. Build your log dovetail jigs and get started on your cabin. Send me pictures I can post on this site. I will refund half the purchase price of the plans for pictures of uncompleted cabins. I will refund the entire purchase price for pictures of completed log cabin shells (all logs stacked with rafters on). Be sure to include pictures of your log dovetail jigs. 

Customers' Cabins:

Click on the links below to see photos

Helen Yane:

Helen Yane

Mack Hils:

Hunter Crosby:

Steve Rion:

Mike Trudel:


Nathan Harker 2:

Shawn Callahan:

Gary Yane:

George Worthington:

Dan Sorenson:

Link to Sorenson Cabin

Rick Beers:

Garry Wilkinson:


Martin Balukas:


Joe Cline:


Wayne Church:

Dirk Geiser:

Dirk Geiser's cabin


Shawn's cabin


Antol's's cabin


Irvine's cabin

Keith Nolen:

Keith Nolen's cabin

Al Ducros:

Al Ducros' cabin

Nathan Harker:

Nathan Harker's cabin

Les Gutzwille:

Kim White:

Kim White's cabin

Click here to see photos of the hand hewn cabin below: