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#1 posted 12-29-2009 04:40 AM

We bought a jig a while back and love it. There were many things I looked for when I bought our jig but our budget was much higher so I was able to be a little more demanding on features. I considered things like ease of set up and repeatability and the fact that my 90 lb wife will be our primary dovetailer and the fact my goal is to get to where we would be dovetailing a set of kitchen drawers one time per month.

With that much said, I did a ton and a ton of reading since it was going to be a decent sized investment and the one DT jig that seemed to get consistent good reviews with an occassional bad review was the small inexpensive PC jig that only does HB dovetails. HB dovetails I like a lot since that is what we use in our kitchens and is a simple but nice looking dovetail. Me personally, I love the look of the dovetail, we even vary the spacing on our tails and pins to give more of a custom look. This was one of our best additions to our shop. The PC jig should fall near your price range and seems to be a quality piece. I actually would have rathered to buy the PC jig but since my wife was going to be doing this I looked for the jig that simplified the whole process. I do have a smart and crafty wife, not to make it sound like she could not succeed with the PC jig, but I wanted the jig that would make her the most successful. Anyway, happy dovetailing!

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