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Forum topic by BoxBuilder posted 07-04-2015 08:06 PM 818 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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BoxBuilder

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07-04-2015 08:06 PM

My son presented me with a benchtop dovetail machine about which I am trying to locate some information. It must weigh about 60 or so pounds. Appears to be cast iron. The label states that it is from the R. L. Carter Division of Stanley works in New Britain, Conn. It appears to be in good working order missing only 1 or 2 small screws. Any info would be greatly appreciated.

-- Richard, Pennsylvania


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AlaskaGuy

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#1 posted 07-04-2015 08:14 PM

Have you done any Google searches?

Pictures??

When you say “machine” does that mean is has a motor or is it more like a jig.

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#2 posted 07-04-2015 08:47 PM

It attaches to a bench top & can then be used with a router as with new jigs of this type. There is no motor involved. Google search will take you to a site that has history of the company but getting info and/or instruction manuals seems to be out of the question. I will try to get a photo up in a day or two. Thanks for the contact.

-- Richard, Pennsylvania

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#3 posted 07-06-2015 08:26 PM

-- Richard, Pennsylvania

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#4 posted 07-06-2015 08:28 PM

I also had contact from a man at Fine Woodworking magazine & will hope he can supply some info about this monster.

-- Richard, Pennsylvania

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#5 posted 07-06-2015 08:51 PM

Looks like a half blind, fixed comb dovetail jig. Not much has changed over the years, except for better clamping systems. Use a guide bushing on your router, and hope that your workpiece doesn’t shift.

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#6 posted 07-07-2015 04:16 PM

This is the response I received from an editor at Fine Woodworking magazine.

These generally work by routing two boards at once—one is horizontal and sticks out the back of the jig, the other is vertical and hangs clamps to the front—and creating half-blind dovetails. This one might also be able to cut through dovetails, working on the boards one at a time. Not sure. I’m sure you also know you need a certain size bushing guide on your router, also called a template guide.

-- Richard, Pennsylvania

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