|Project by TheDane||posted 01-17-2011 01:20 AM||12188 views||25 times favorited||20 comments|
I needed a workstation to mount my Harbor Freight Dovetail Jig and store my extra templates, router bits, etc.
I used scrap pine, plywood, and some scraps of hard maple in this project. The joinery on the stand leaves something to be desired, but I did the best I could with available materials … and this wasn’t exactly intended to be an heirloom (LOL).
One of the problems with the Harbor Freight jig is the lateral movement of the template. You can get everything lined up just right, then when you engage the upper cam to clamp the workpiece down, the template can shift enough to really mess up your cut (DAMHIKT).
I found a piece by bobj3 over at the Router Forums ( http://www.routerforums.com/general-routing/1555-first-attempt-dovetail-jig.html ) that gave me some really good information on how to tweak up the jig. The idea is to restrict the lateral movement of the template … it works!
Using this jig still takes practice, and it doesn’t compare with the Leigh, Porter-Cable, and other higher-priced jigs, but it does what I need it to!
-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"