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burl

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1776 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: jig router resource joining traditional

I tried the hand cut method and failed marvelously!! But I don’t have a lot of discretional money to spend.
Hopefully one of the LJs will have some input for me. Thanks, burl

-- burl, Indiana,


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LesB

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#1 posted 1776 days ago

I think the best recommendation with limited resources would be a Porter Cable jig. There are a number of others out there just stay away from the really cheap ones like Harbor Freight or Crafstsman might sell. That being said if you expect to do a lot of dovetails and box joints the Leigh is the best. I swear by mine.

-- Les B, Oregon

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Mario

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#2 posted 1776 days ago

I have seen the Porter cable jigs going cheap as they are trying to push the new omni jigs.

-- Hope Never fails

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burl

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#3 posted 1776 days ago

Thanks, guys,

Does anybody know about the prazi jig?

-- burl, Indiana,

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Joe Lyddon

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#4 posted 1776 days ago

You might take a look at what MLCS has…

John Nixon has a nice video that demos them too! Very simple!
(be sure to watch it!)

They are on Sale now… I got the 1/2” shank Small setup…
With the template and all of the bits, etc. I think it’s a very good buy!

http://www.mlcswoodworking.com/shopsite_sc/store/html/smarthtml/pages/dovetailjig.html

If you want Half-blind DT’s just glue a face over the Through DT’s…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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Bob #2

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#5 posted 1776 days ago

I have the Leigh jig and it’s very good for production runs.
The akeda dovetail jig is also one you may be interested in as well.

You should still teach yourself to cut a decent dovetail. That involves practice.

Bob

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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Joe Lyddon

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#6 posted 1776 days ago

Yep, here is a procedure for using a band saw…

http://www.woodworkstuff.net/bsdtj.html

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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burl

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#7 posted 1776 days ago

DaveR, Do you know where to get plans for a shop built jig?

-- burl, Indiana,

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burl

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#8 posted 1776 days ago

Thanks, Joe This will give me something to work on for a couple days. Thanks to you all.

-- burl, Indiana,

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AaronK

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#9 posted 1776 days ago

check out my thread on this subject. Depends what you mean by lack of funds, but the PC 4212 appears to give the best bang for buck. Since then i’ve read on improvements to the HF jig that make it much more functional. they had to do with adding some sandpaper to the clamp faces so the cams dont allow slipping and using perfectly dimensioned stock, i.e. 0.750, 0.500” etc. pieces.

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Joe Lyddon

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#10 posted 1776 days ago

Here’s another inexpensive way to get dovetails…
... very similar to the MLCS jig except you make the Template from a Master!

http://www.stots.com/product/dttm.htm

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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DavidH

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#11 posted 1776 days ago

shopenotes issue 43 has an article on a shop built dovetail jig, i haven’t attempted it myself.

-- David - Houston, Texas. (http://www.justsquareenough.com/)

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SnowyRiver

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#12 posted 1776 days ago

Dont discount looking on Ebay, and Craigs List to name a few. They often have good deals on tools and there is usually a lot of DT jigs on there.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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VariHz

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#13 posted 1773 days ago

As is turns out I’m selling the estate of a relative who was in the process of building a co-op wood shop when he got ill. There are 2 “new in the box” dovetail jigs available. One is the Porter Cable 4212 http://www.cpoworkshop.com/dovetail_jigs/4212.html?ref=froogle4212 and the other is a Woodline Route-R-Joint with videos etc http://www.woodline.com/p-1825-route-r-joint-precision-dovetail-joinery-system.aspx
Either one for $150 including UPS surface continental US freight. Email me at gmiller@pqei.com if interested.

-- A bad day in the shop is better than a normal evening in front of the TV.

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Kent Shepherd

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#14 posted 1773 days ago

Porter Cable 4212 is a good value, if you want standard dovetails. I have it, and it works well. If you’re wanting something more versatile, be prepared to spend some big bucks. However, Prazi has one for around $100 that will do variable spacing. The down side is it’s not as fast or easy as the good ones , especially for mutiple pieces. It depends on what you are looking for in a jig, and how much you are willing to spend.

-- She thought I hung the moon--now she just thinks I did it wrong

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commajockey

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#15 posted 1773 days ago

I’m a bit late to this thread, but for basic needs, I highly recommend the Keller dovetail jig. It’s as simple as they get but very well made. And much more affordable than the other jigs. The only drawback is that it won’t do half-blind dovetails and changing spacing and such takes some creativity. I used it to bang out probably 20 sets of drawer boxes in an afternoon and it was a piece of cake.

-- Anything worth doing is worth redoing several times.

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