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Blog entry by AJswoodshop posted 863 days ago 2089 reads 0 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Im planning on getting a dovetail jig soon. Ive looked at the porter cable 12’ dovetail jig up to the rockler dovetail jig which one would you guys get.

-- If I can do it.....so can you! -AJswoodshop



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geoscann

258 posts in 883 days


#1 posted 863 days ago

ck stump nubs (blue collar woodworking) out and buy his plans ans build your own.

-- BIG geo ---Occam,s razor The simplist answer is often correct

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Ken Fitzpatrick

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#2 posted 863 days ago

Can’t really speak about the Rockler one because I have the PC 12”. It’s well made easy to set up. Plenty of nice to have’s (depth gauges for your router bits) and even a center slot to make sliding dovetails. Porter Cable has been around for a lot of years and make pretty reliable products. Rockler has a fine line of tools and hardware.
Maybe someone else could compare the two for you. I don’t think you could go wrong with the PC. Good luck in your research on which to buy.

While I was writing someone suggested stumpy nubs jig. He’s got nice plans, you should check them out.

Ken

-- • "I have noticed that nothing I have never said ever did me any harm."....... Calvin Coolidge

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thedude50

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#3 posted 863 days ago

well i love rockler but in this case the Porter cable wins hands down it is just a better machine but if you want the best router dovetail jig buy a woodrat it out classes everything and second place goes to the leigh I have used all of these machines for several years and they all are good quality but if your budget has you to the rockler and the pc get the pc

-- when I am not on Lumberjocks I am on @ http://thisoldworkshop.com where we allow free speech

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559dustdesigns

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#4 posted 863 days ago

I second what geoscann said just build the StumpyNubs “Amazing Dovetail Machine”. Here’s a link to StumpyNubs jig. I was really impressed with stumpy’s dovetail jig design. It has all the features found on high end Leigh dovetail jigs or the top of the line from PorterCable.

thedude50 is right, although I don’t own one the Woodrat and the RouterBoss are incredible tools. Check out this RouterBoss video if you’d like to see it in use.

-- Aaron - central California "If you haven't got the time to do it right, when will you find the time to do it over?"

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rkober

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#5 posted 863 days ago

I own the Porter Cable and like it pretty well. I think it’s a good value for the construction and design. The stumpynubs unit looks interesting if you’re up to the task. The high end Porter Cable or Leigh would of course give you full flexibility but at a steep cost. I choose the competitive Porter Cable which soon allowed me to get a good set of chisels, dovetail saw, and marking gauge so I could hand cut dovetails that weren’t optimal (or possible) on the PC. Just my two cents.

-- Ray - Spokane, WA - “Most people don’t recognize opportunity because it’s usually disguised as hard work.” - Unknown

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AJswoodshop

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#6 posted 863 days ago

I have a good set of chisels and dovetail saw but I think it would be much better to use a jig. Im not the good with hand tools.

AJ

-- If I can do it.....so can you! -AJswoodshop

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Ken Fitzpatrick

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#7 posted 862 days ago

rkober: What you said is right on.

-- • "I have noticed that nothing I have never said ever did me any harm."....... Calvin Coolidge

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Julian

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#8 posted 862 days ago

Most dovetail jigs work about the same and are fairly good. If you plan on making a lot of drawers then a jig would be useful. I purchased two dovetail jigs in the last 14 years and never used them. Last project I made had 6 drawers and I ended up doing them by hand. Not that difficult and very satisfying.

-- Julian

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pintodeluxe

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#9 posted 862 days ago

PC 4210 for half blind dovetails (easy one-pass operation).
get the 4212 if you plan on doing through dovetails (two-pass operation)
It works great, and setup is easy.
Cheers

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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AJswoodshop

1057 posts in 879 days


#10 posted 862 days ago

Yeah im not that good with hand tools I really need a router table Could you get a box joint jig for that.

-- If I can do it.....so can you! -AJswoodshop

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a1Jim

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#11 posted 862 days ago

There are a lot of box joint and dovetail jigs out there a lot of them work like this one.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A3hFvA8AEZ4

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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thedude50

3503 posts in 1081 days


#12 posted 862 days ago

559 please do not support the router boss it is simply a rip off of the original woodrat the guy was a trusted insider in the woodrat camp and had insider information and basicly ripped off the whole design and improvments from a very kind and nice man and has ran him down telling people bad lies about martin things that would piss you off so please dont support the thief what he did was wrong and the design of his machine is not as well done as the wr900 or 600

-- when I am not on Lumberjocks I am on @ http://thisoldworkshop.com where we allow free speech

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Andy Panko

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#13 posted 862 days ago

I’ve had the Akeda DC16 for about 6 or 7 years, and I love it. They stopped making that particular model a few years ago, and replaced it with a larger (ie 24” width) model, the BC24. It is not nearly as common as the Leigh or Omnijig, but it is another awesome contender in in the premium dovetail jig market. It’s worth a look if you looking to go top of the line. Otherwise, if you’re looking to keep it relatively modest, I’d probably get the Rockler.

-- Andy Panko, Edison NJ

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Eric

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#14 posted 862 days ago

I don’t make boxes everyday so my dovetail from Harbor Freight fits my needs. If I spend any $ at HF, I’d rather it be something like this rather than say a power tool or something used daily.

-- Eric

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Kent Shepherd

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#15 posted 862 days ago

To me the best value is the Porter Cable. It is a little higher than the Rockler, but well worth the extra.
I have the 4212 and have had good results. The instructions are pretty well done.

-- She thought I hung the moon--now she just thinks I did it wrong

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