Step 1: Mark Each Piece of Wood
Line up the pieces of wood as they will look in the final assembly. Clearly mark each piece of wood to indicate the top, the bottom, the front and the back. This will prevent confusion when you’re fitting the pieces together.
Step 2: Load the Wood Underneath the Template
Load the first piece of wood underneath the dovetail jig with its front facing up. The wood should protrude beyond the crevices of the jig approximately 1/16″. Pull the lever on the dovetail jig to secure the wood.