|Review by pintodeluxe||posted 03-31-2011 03:00 AM||3003 views||3 times favorited||11 comments|
The 4210 dovetail jig is easy to use, and the template is thick aluminum. Most other jigs in the $100 price range seem flimsy or use plastic templates. I was impressed how large and heavy this jig is.
The included dovetail jig and bushing let you get right to work – no more trips to the specialty woodworking stores. The bit is carbide tipped, and very sharp. It is 1/2” shank and cuts effortlessly.
I found the jig in stock at Lowes.
By by 4th try I was cutting perfect dovetails. I only wasted about 6” of lumber before the joints looked good. There are fancier jigs out there, but this one is a really nice jig.
The only limitation with fixed-spacing templates is you need to build drawers at specific width for the best looking drawers. For perfect half-sockets, just build your drawers at 1” increments plus 1/4” ( ie: 3-1/4”, 4-1/4”, 5-1/4” etc. ). I am building custom furniture, so this was easy to design the drawer openings to fit these sizes.
Addendum: Every time I pull this jig out, I am amazed how easy and repeatable dovetails are. Half-blind dovetails are genius- one bit, one setup, one pass and you are done.
2nd Addendum: I have also used this jig with a larger 14 degree Rockler bit which produces better looking dovetails… http://lumberjocks.com/topics/40073
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