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02-06-2017 03:46 PM

I currently have a Porter Cable 4212 dovetail jig and it works OK, I have the chance to pickup a 24” Omnijig for $100 and wanted to know from those with experience if it’s really a lot more robust or just wider? I’ve only needed more width twice and I’m sure I’ll use the additional capacity knowing I have it but I’m on the fence and it seems like a pretty good deal. Any opinions would be much appreciated.


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#1 posted 02-06-2017 03:53 PM

The thing about toys, I mean tools is that if you don’t get it somewhere down the line it’ll be needed. Also, it’s only $100 – just don’t take wifey out to dinner next week, she’ll understand ‹(•¿•)›

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#2 posted 02-06-2017 05:33 PM

Im going to look at it later this week, given almost any other week I’d be fine but not taking her out next week could be hazardous to my health!

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#3 posted 02-07-2017 11:17 AM



Im going to look at it later this week, given almost any other week I d be fine but not taking her out next week could be hazardous to my health!

- bigblockyeti

remember it’s easier to ask forgiveness than permission

seriously – In the past I had a couple different dovetail fixtures and finally settled on an Incra Jig with an Incra router table top. I made a table support w/drawers for it and never looked back. Dovetails, double dovetails, box joints are all a piece of cake. yep, cost more than a couple dinners out but it was TOTALLY worth it.

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#4 posted 02-07-2017 11:44 PM

How many templates does it have?

For $100 I think its worth it even with just the half blind template, they are still selling for $300-350 on eBay.

I picked one up recently for double that price, and it came with 2 templates.. the 7117 half blind template, and the 7122 adjustable through I think new they came with these 2 templates)

This model has been discontinued and getting new templates will get more difficult. Just keep that in mind. IIRC the only template you can still get new is the 24” mini-adjustable.

There is a guy that will CNC an aluminum plate for a replacement 7117 template for $95 plus shipping and he sells on Amazon

lantzwoodworking.com

Amazon

-- Jeff ~ Tacoma Wa.

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#5 posted 02-08-2017 12:22 AM

I had one for awhile and never used it.

I think its a question of the focus of your
product line. Allegedly Thos. Moser co.
uses Omnijigs daily to join $$$ furniture
pieces and they have customers for it.

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#6 posted 02-08-2017 12:29 AM

I don’t think it has any templates, I need to check and see what they cost. At some point I’ll want to do more than just half blind dovetails that wide and I don’t want to have a ton more money just in temples on top of what started out as a good deal.

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#7 posted 02-08-2017 06:59 PM

If it has no templates, or just the half blind, then I would skip it. Not a deal at all.

If it has no templates, then you are looking at another $75-100 through eBay for the half blind,

If it has the adjustable template, at the least, I would buy it. The adjustable template is much more versatile and useful.

I found one place that has the Variable template new for $270 through Burn's website. it says they have it in stock.

-- Jeff ~ Tacoma Wa.

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#8 posted 02-08-2017 07:28 PM

I have the P.C. 4210, Akeda DC16, and the Leigh 18 superjig. The Akeda is the one I use.
It is FANTASTIC. It is what I always wanted a dovetail jig to be.

The older Omnijigs don’t look all that impressive to me, but are well regarded by cabinetmakers as sturdy no-frills jigs. The 72240 looks most impressive, and has a cool system for thin-pin dovetails. The reviews are pretty dismal though, although I haven’t been able to take one for a spin yet.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#9 posted 02-09-2017 05:54 AM

Well I appreciate everyone’s input. I went and looked at it and it’s pretty rough, the top plate looked like it might actually be bent a little and both cams were rusty. Probably worth it to the right person but not for me.

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