Book, Dovetail Jig, and Raised Panel Bits - Need Input

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Forum topic by Maveric777 posted 04-21-2010 02:03 PM 1455 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-21-2010 02:03 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question jig book vanity cabinet

Hey everyone, I am about to tackle a “Huge” job (at least in my book), and I was looking to get some suggestions.

Long story short is one of my bathrooms has to be destroyed to repair a leaking tub. We are going to remodel the entire bathroom and bring it up to date since most everything has to be removed anyways. I plan on building the vanity and trying to get my ducks in a row before I tear into this project.

My game plan is to build a vanity, cabinet above the toilet, and window treatment out of cherry (well cherry and popular to be exact). I am going to budget my tools into the cost of this bathroom (a great way for my wife to agree with me buying more tools… Yea!). I know I want my drawers built using dovetails and I want a raised (or just regular panel) doors for the vanity and small cabinet.

Instead of making three different post I decided to throw them all in one thread…. So here goes…

1) Book – Looking for an informative book that explains the finer points of building cabinets / vanities. I plan on starting this project in a couple of weeks and need to do all the homework I can to try and avoid “Issues” in the process.

2) Dovetail Jig – I need some recommendations for a good mid priced dovetail jig. I want to keep it under $250. I have read so many reviews I am getting squishy just thinking about it. So I figured i would ask on here what yall recommend.

3) Raised Panel Bits – Looking to see what yall recommend for a decent set of bits. I have a router table and Bosch 2 1/4 hp router mounted on it. It does accept 1/2” bits. I dont have the cash to drop crazy money on a set (I have seen those little jewels get crazy in price), but looking for the “Best bang For My Buck”

Thanks for any help you can give. I am very nervous about starting this project, but I guess this falls under “The Joys Of Home Ownership” phrase….. Oh joy!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#1 posted 04-21-2010 02:16 PM

alright as far as dovetail jigs go I have a Leigh and I’m happy with it. It’s an older D4R and its feeling the effect of age so I am buying a Leigh 12” superjig soon. Leigh jigs are just really nice. the 12” superjig is about 250 I think. There’s also the Katie Jig which is a variable tail fixed pin jig. the 12” one is around 200 as well I believe and it used bearings as opposed to bushings so it is very accurate.

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#2 posted 04-21-2010 02:28 PM

I will second the endorsement for the 12” Leigh superjig. I have one. It cost less than $250. I truly believe Leigh is the best in the market – especially if want to space your dovetails out. Note that they also offer an 18” and a 24” but most woodworkers seldom, if ever, need a jig bigger than 12”.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#3 posted 04-21-2010 02:35 PM

Thanks for the heads up on the Leigh jig! That was the one I was looking at hard, but was very unsure (never even used a dovetail jig before… so I honestly don’t know what to look for). Also thanks Rich for the size to get. I was trying to think if it was worth it or if I should get a larger jig than the 12”. I just knew if I got the 12” everyone would say “Aww man, everyone always gets the 18” didn’t you know?


-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#4 posted 04-21-2010 04:47 PM

One point to consider on the Leigh jig. Leigh also offers some special templates that allow you to make different styles of dovetails. However, these templates are only available for the 18” and 24” models. For me, that is no problem since I am not “in” to fancy dovetails. However, anyone buying the 12” should know this.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#5 posted 04-21-2010 07:34 PM

I have the PC 4216 dovetail jig. It is less expensive than the Leigh jig and you don’t get the adjustable fingers but it cuts perfect box joints, through and half-blind dovetails. You can also get an additional template for miniature dovetails. The selling point for me was a video I saw from PC that showed how to cut unlimited length dovetails with the 12” templates so you are not stuck with a 12” maximum board width. Good luck with your “project” ;-)

-- Branum

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#6 posted 04-29-2010 02:51 AM

Is the leak covered by insurance ??

-- lcurrent ( It's not a mistake till you run out of wood )

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#7 posted 04-29-2010 12:21 PM

Yes, my insurance paid for the leak repair, but with the removal of the old 70’s tile on the walls is ruining the room. I will have to go back and resheetrock the whole room so we decided the room is going to get the much deserved “Update”

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#8 posted 04-29-2010 12:49 PM

don’t know about the jigs ,
i have some cheap rig ,

but i just went through the bit set thing ,
with my buddy nmkid .
this is the best we found ,

they were $30 cheaper ( for a set of rail and stile cutters in 1/2” shank ) than ,
everyone else ( rockler , woodcraft , woodworkers ) .

my new ’ where to buy bit’s store ’ !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#9 posted 04-29-2010 02:59 PM

We have used MLCS for our bits for a long time now and they are good quality. No problems and the price is very competative. We use the akeda dovetail jig but in the price range you want I think PC makes a nice jig and the 12” leigh would be good.

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#10 posted 04-29-2010 10:17 PM

Thanks for the info yall. I did decide to go with the Katana 5 piece kitchen set from MLCS as far as bits go. Seemed the best bang for my buck and have heard some great things about them (plus free shipping and no tax is a big bonus)

I also ordered the Leigh 12” Super Dove Tail Jig from Rockler. Think that was the best route to go for me. I am still having a hard time finding a good cabinetry book. I picked one up, but it didn’t seem to fit the bill.

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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