Gifkins Dovetail-the business

Col Hosie and Pamela Corrigan own and operate Col Hosie Woodturner Pty Ltd, trading as Gifkins Dovetail. The business is located in Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, Australia.

Gifkins Dovetail manufactures and markets the only Australian made jig for cutting dovetail joints and finger joints…a local business with a global product!

We support industries in our region by using quality Australian-made components for the jig and our other products.


The Gifkins Dovetail jig is covered by Australian Patent #731 117, and United States of America Patent #5 931 208.

Service to our customers

Our aim is to provide our customers with quality, Australian-made products, backed up by friendly service and professional advice. We welcome inquiries, about our products in particular, and box making in general.

Our products

The Gifkins Dovetail jig is a beautifully designed tool that delivers precise joints every time. It is designed to be used on an under-table mounted router. No special fittings are needed—the jig works brilliantly with any router in any table. The standard package contains all you need to cut perfect dovetails or finger joints. You provide dressed and sanded timber and one or two clamps and you’re ready to start!

We have a full range of accessories to support your box making: the Gifkins jig in two sizes with a range of templates, a box making router table, the Triton router, box making accessories, and spare parts. The box maker’s router table, marking out tools, variable joint spacers and clamp holders, are the products we manufacture from quality Australian-made materials.

Product integrity

The jig is made from quality components sourced from Australian manufacturers. We maintain the highest accuracy of templates by testing the last item made in each production batch. For example, the templates are produced in batches of 18 on a CNC router.

With each batch, the last template to be cut is used to cut a test joint on a standard jig with standard cutters. If this last template is outside the tolerance range then the entire batch is rejected. (So far this has never happened.) The standard jig and cutters are set aside for use on this job only, so the templates are always tested in exactly the same conditions.

Stock and replacement parts

Gifkins carries all parts and fittings to ensure prompt service to our customers. Go to our online shop to see our range of box making products and replacement parts.

Travelling to our customers

Gifkins attends the Timber and Working with Wood Shows throughout the year. At each show Col conducts seminars each day, to demonstrate how easy it is to make a beautiful box with the Gifkins jig.

We also attend regional timber expos and festivals, as well as conducting seminars at schools, men’s sheds and woodworking groups. We look forward to meeting long-time Gifkins Dovetail enthusiasts, and to introducing newcomers to the pleasure of box making and small furniture construction.

Shipping your order

The customer will be responsible for the cost of shipping and handling. Gifkins Dovetail will ‘bundle’ orders of more than one item, to ensure you receive the most economical shipping price. Shipping will be calculated and added to your order when its received by Gifkins Dovetail. Orders are usually shipped using Australia Post economy registered post. Overseas orders are shipped after negotiation with the customer.

If you want to discuss shipping arrangements, contact Gifkins Dovetail before you place your order. We are happy to take your order over the phone.

We undertake to acknowledge receipt of your order and to dispatch it within five [5] working days. We will contact you in the event of a delay, and advise when the order will be sent.

See [4] Shipping, in Terms and conditions for more information.

Your privacy

Gifkins Dovetail will not share your information with any third party, according to the principles of the Privacy Act (Commonwealth) 1988. Your information is protected by’s secure server software which encrypts all customer information before it is sent to us. We do not store credit card information in electronic format or hard copy.

For further information about our policies, please see our Terms and conditions.