|Review by CanadaJeff||posted 05-25-2009 02:53 AM||8765 views||0 times favorited||5 comments|
I found this at Busy Bee Tools in Canada, during one of their sales. Normally it retails for $99 CND and at that price I would rather hold out and save a bit more for something of a better name, but for their sale price of $52 CND, I figured it was at a price point that was worth the risk.
Overall, the jig is not too bad, it works pretty standard as similarly designed jigs, like Rockler’s, and has a removable aluminum plate that can be changed out for various other sizes.
Clearly the pros with this jig are the price and generally the material it was made with. Overall its a heavy jig, but I think that works well for something like dovetails. The downsides to this product, are the plastic alignments that look like they will break soon (and even said in the instruction manual “do not over tighten or you could break the plastic”. The other downfall is clearly the manual itself, not very informative at all. In fact I actually found (and posted earlier) on lumber jocks another similar dovetail manual that explains in detail how to set it up.
I haven’t had much experience working with dovetail jigs so take this with a grain of salt, but I am actually pretty happy with it. It does take a bit of time to setup and usually an adjustment or two, but once its set, it works as it should. As a beginner woodworker, I may eventually grow tired of this one, but for right now I think it was 52 bucks well spent.