|Review by David Grimes||posted 07-17-2011 09:01 AM||5734 views||0 times favorited||9 comments|
- Craftsman Revolving Turret Doweling Jig - circa 1950's through 1970's
- Brand: Craftsman | Category: Other
I don’t dowel very much, only every now and then. The same goes for biscuit joints and pocket screws… every now and then. But I wanted a jig so that when I do any more, they’ll be easier/faster/more accurate. I had been looking at all the new doweling jigs for quite some time and was not overly impressed.
So I started looking at some older jigs. I thought at first I wanted a Stanley 59, but most have one or more of the drill guides missing, or are in bad shape, and some even much too high for what it is.
I came across the Turret Doweling jig first by General, I believe. Soon after I found the Craftsman. I like the facts that there are no parts to hang onto, the jig handles up to 4” thick material, and lastly it is built like a tank with all parts either cast aluminum or steel. So, I found one on an Ebay Buy it Now for $9 plus $9 shipping.
I have already used it twice and of course it works just fine. Nothing fancy, but I just mark by spots on the two boards flushed, then set up the jig for thickness in just a jiffy, spin the turret to the size dowel I am using, then drill with a normal bit with side-clamping drill stop attached. All the other holes are completed in the seconds it takes to 1/2 turn the clamp knob, slide to the next hole, 1/2 turn the clamp knob tight, then drill to the stop. Easy as pie.
The new one I almost bought was metal and plastic. It had a 2” max. thickness. The reviews griped about dropping it once and it was broken. I believe I could run my truck over this one and have a chance of it surviving. Drops on concrete are my litmus test for jigs and tools.
Although not a new tool, they are readily available for less then the new ones. I do recommend this product.
-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia