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Forum topic by KearneyBulldog posted 1380 days ago 2323 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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KearneyBulldog

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1380 days ago

I see Rockler has their dovetail jig on sale for $119.00. Has any one used it yet? If so how do you like it?

-- Joe, Kearney Missouri (Kearney Bulldog)


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caocian

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#1 posted 1380 days ago

Joe,

I write for a woodworking magazine, so I get to try out all kinds of things. In my opinion, the Rockler isn’t a great value, even at a reduced price. It’s just not as well made as some others in the near price range.

For instance, I think the Porter-Cable jig is far superior. They have several version of their jig, including one with the option for miniature through and half-blind dovetails. I really don’t think you’d be happ with the Rockler.

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richgreer

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#2 posted 1380 days ago

There are 81 customer reviews at the Rockler site available for review.

I often find these reviews helpful.

It seems like Rockler does not screen the reviews and they permit the negative reviews to be published just like the positive reviews (I don’t know that for a fact – I just assume it based on what I have seen).

Personal opinion – - The Leigh 12” Super is available for about $250. I know that is more money, but it is well worth it. You’ll have a lifetime tool.

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

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KearneyBulldog

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#3 posted 1380 days ago

Hey guys,thanks for the response. I had my concerns as low as it was. I will look at both of the Leigh 12” and the Porter-Cable. Thanks again.

-- Joe, Kearney Missouri (Kearney Bulldog)

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dbray45

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#4 posted 1380 days ago

I have one but I prefer to hand make my dovetails. Routers can splinter the wood where a dovetail saw doesn’t.

-- David in Damascus, MD

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KearneyBulldog

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#5 posted 1380 days ago

Looking at your work I can see why. Very, very nice. I do agree and am in the process of cutting lots of scrape into pins and tails. Still working on it, but do agree that is the way to go. Thanks

-- Joe, Kearney Missouri (Kearney Bulldog)

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dbray45

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#6 posted 1379 days ago

Thank you,
There is a trade off to some of these devices. If you are doing production and need to cut dovetails for ten or fifteen sets of drawers, all the same thickness, I would use the jig – unless I am being paid to do this by hand. To do one, two, even seven drawers, each different, maybe its just me but I will do them by hand. It is one of those pleasures to cut the pins and tails, have them tight enough to have to tamp them down – without splitting the wood. I am near the completion of rebuilding my kitchen, I have the drawers done and are being used. In about five years I will glue them together. I want to make sure they don’t need adjustment first.

-- David in Damascus, MD

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JRAP

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#7 posted 557 days ago

I bought the Rockler dovetail jig with the optional dust collection add-on, and UPS just delivered it. I’ll be posting a review on my LJ blog in a few days.

-- Life is all the other stuff you do when you're not in the shop. - http://www.woodshopshed.com

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