The Hoffmann Dovetail Key, is an innovative jointing system developed in Germany over 30 years ago for furniture and window production, door and facade fabricating as well as for the daily projects in joinery workshops.

This May, Hoffmann Machine Company shall once again be exhibiting at the world’s leading woodworking and wood processing trade fair, LIGNA in Hannover.

Ligna Hannover 2023 - Scolari srl

Our team will be there in Hall 13, Stand B28 to show you our innovative machinery, and to answer any questions that you may have regarding how the Hoffmann Dovetail Jointing system could help you and your business.

Besides key-way routing machines, double mitre saws, drilling and assembly systems we develop, design and build “your” machine as a customised system solution. Hoffmann offers a wide range of machines with different processing steps for the efficient production and assembly of wooden components which need to be joined. This includes specialized machinery solutions that are tailored to the individual production requirements and have been developed according to the customer’s own designs. Such bespoke machines are increasingly in demand, because with standard equipment or CNC machining centers it is often the case that a special task can only be performed with additional time or making other compromises. This does not offer an efficient solution.

We will have various machines on show at the event, ranging from the smaller bench top X-line 20 and MU-3, up to the free standing MS35-SF and PP2-NC.

X-line 20 and MU Range – Manual Dovetail Routing Machine

Transportable and adaptable bench-top machines, to rout a single dovetail slot with each machine cycle for Hoffmann Keys sizes W-0/-1/-2/-3 /-4.

PP Range – Automatic Dovetail Routing and Dowel Boring Machine

NC based machine for preparing the frame and corner joints in building components. E.g., in window and door production. This machine routers the dovetail slots (Hoffmann Keys W-1/2/3) and drills the dowel holes from 8mm.

MS35-SF  – Saw and Routing Machine

Two clean precision mitre cuts to an exact length in one machine cycle. When both pieces are to be joined together or in a frame, then they can be prepared with one or two dovetail slots in precise positions in the cut faces for jointing with Hoffmann Keys. Suitable for work-piece sizes maximum 90 x 90 mm. Hoffmann Key sizes W-1/2/3. Ideal for cutting profiles for glazing beads, cornices, plinths etc. in wood, aluminium, or plastic at 45°. It can also be used solely as a Double Mitre Saw, to cut to length profiles such as glazing beads, cornices plinths etc. in wood, aluminium, and plastic. At 45° angles.

We look forward to welcoming all our international customers along to Stand B28 in Hall 13.



Ask for a demonstration of the Hoffmann Dovetail system.

It will only a few take seconds, but the impression could last forever!

Hoffmann Machine Company Ltd.  Tel 01524 841500