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Blog entry by LegendInMyOwnMind posted 05-12-2011 12:18 PM 2256 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Got this Dovetail Jig at Harbor Freight in Harrisburg (PA). They don’t have it at my Pittsburgh HF. It looks like a beefier model than the one that I have seen elsewhere on the Internet. The template is solid aluminum not plastic like in the older model.

Assembly was trivial – just screw in levers.

Unit is nearly identical to this one (better manual for this one).

Amazon of the “other one”.

-- Doug - When all you own is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.



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Ocelot

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#1 posted 05-12-2011 03:35 PM

I gotta pick up one of those next time I’m there!

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dbhost

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#2 posted 05-12-2011 03:59 PM

I had one of those, thinking it would do through dovetails (foolish me), I sold it because I didn’t want to do half blind dovetails. Now I do. I wish I hadn’t gotten rid of it… It’s actually a pretty solid dovetailer. I am wondering how it compared to the MLCS 12” jig. I like that one because there are other than dovetail templates for it, a variety of sizes to do things like box joints and such…

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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#3 posted 05-12-2011 04:12 PM

I have a sears craftsman jig, that is still n the box, due to the hundred pieces or so, kidding, but to many for me to figure out. It has an encyclopedia of instructions also. Maybe I will get it out and try again. This one looks a lot more usable and easy to understand.

-- Gary, Little River,SC I've Learned that the Lord didn't do it all in one day and neither can I

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Luke

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#4 posted 05-12-2011 06:44 PM

I believe it is the same Jig as the Rockler Jig (now since has been changed) and WoodStock Intl.

I found the Woodstock manual to be leaps and bounds better for the Jig than Harbor Freights worthless waste of paper.

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LegendInMyOwnMind

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#5 posted 05-12-2011 08:57 PM

The Woodstock ones have other templates and the mounting holes look the same (in the picture).

-- Doug - When all you own is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

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LegendInMyOwnMind

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#6 posted 05-12-2011 08:59 PM

I think that the HF manual has all of the “stuff” but it’s not nearly as well laid out as the Woodstock manual.

Something bothers me about using the intellectual property of woodstock to make the HF one work, but I think I’m still going to do it.

Too bad the HF people can’t do better with their manuals.

-- Doug - When all you own is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

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#7 posted 05-13-2011 02:44 AM

It wouldn’t surprise me a bit if they were all made by the same company.

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#8 posted 05-13-2011 02:55 AM

good score..where is it made?

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#9 posted 01-14-2013 04:30 PM

Just took mine out ot the box and plan to try it out next weekend. Lost the manual though! Found it on website but everyone says throw that away. Any suggestions! Looking for something more comprehensive.

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