has anyone used the dovetail jig from harbor freight? If so any reviews???

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Forum topic by 2xmahi posted 09-17-2009 08:10 PM 6585 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-17-2009 08:10 PM

i am thinking of purchasing it as a starter just to try and learn the basics since it is pretty inexpensive in comparison.. any advice or info would be greatly appreciated… thanks cory


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#1 posted 09-17-2009 08:42 PM

I bought one about 2 years ago and tried for too long to make a decent set of dtails on them and never could. They were always off for some reason. Maybe it was me, but I don’t think so. I even made some necessary modifications on it with 0 positive results. Again it could have been me, but I think it was a hunk of trash or everyone would be using them.

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#2 posted 09-17-2009 09:19 PM

i have one but havent gotten to use it yet so i cant personally comment. however if you arent familiar with it there is a site that has a lot of very knowledgeable members. one in particular is named bobj3 i think he has every router jig known to man. anyways he highly recommends the HF jig with a few simple modifications. all in all its the same jig many other companies sell, or have sold in the past. rockler and grizzly to name a few. anyways check out this thread

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#3 posted 09-18-2009 11:06 AM

I’ve had one for a couple of years. I don’t use it often but it does work. It’s very similar to others that it looks like, but the finish of the template is a little rougher….I sanded mine a little. Worth the $29 asking price IMO.

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#4 posted 09-18-2009 08:37 PM

We got one of the HF dovetail jigs in the shop to do a review but it flexed so bad and the instructions sucked even worse that we just threw it away.

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#5 posted 09-29-2010 02:57 AM

I have been just getting mine setup. The manual leaves a lot out, but the woodstock manual is easer to follow & is the same jig, Here is the link: took awhile to get it to work, but once it is setup it works. Need to push the templet to the same home position, when clamping the the upper board.

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