|Review by teenagewoodworker||posted 06-21-2008 12:48 AM||4058 views||0 times favorited||9 comments|
I know, I know, Its not a true D4R that i have but its the exact same thing except for some improvements in the new D4R which i will mention. like i said the D4R is a solid performer. it takes a while to set up but once you are set up you can consistently and accurately cut as many dovetails as you want. and once you get some experience under your belt set up is a breeze. i love the adjustability so you can have almost any configuration you want and its great to have the whole 24” so you can handle almost anything and you can still do some cool stuff on smaller boards. its only setback it that it is big so cutting dovetails on say a 2” board is a little weird but you can still do it. it is a very hefty machine too. the one that i have has more plastic than the newer one. the newer D4R is one full casting for the base with machined stops. great for repeatability and it shows the quality. the clamps hold down the pieces really nice and tight so they won’t move when routing. in the end if you take your time and so the proper test cuts you’ll get some nice dovetails. remember to keep your manual though, you will live and die by it as it shows all the different bit sizes and settings. i would say if you have the money and have a lot of dovetails to cut especially on large drawers (8” and up) it is a great purchase!