|Review by TNBodger||posted 05-23-2009 04:13 AM||3133 views||0 times favorited||21 comments|
It’s cheap (cheap as in poorly made and from bad materials).
It took me an hour of adjusting and more adjusting to get an ALMOST decent half blind dovetail out of this piece of _! Clamping the pieces in place is time consuming and requires way too many turns to hold the wood securely in place (which also means way too many turns to release the piece after routing it). Also, the screws that hold the template in place is positioned in a way that will prevent clamping thinner pieces of stock (3/4” thick minimum). I was somewhere between 30 and 40 routed joints when the threads striped on the clamping knob. By the way, these aren’t standard threads so no running off to Home Depot or Lowes for a quick replacement.
The router bushing, made and recommended by Wood River, for this jig had a lot of play in the comb necessitating multiple passes to assure an even cut on both sides of the dovetail. What resulted was a sloppy joint with the tails being smaller than the sockets making for a very loose joint. Fortunately, the project I used this for didn’t require precision or appearance and the Gorilla glue would expand to fill the gaps. Wood River didn’t even come close on this one.
Unfortunately, this forum doesn’t allow for a zero star rating and I had to give it a one, but believe me, I didn’t want to. I’m going to see if I can unload this dovetail “pig” on Craig’s list and apply the proceeds to a better machine.
Shame on you Woodcraft Supply for selling this item.