MLCS Through Dovetail Template

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Forum topic by Natedawg4081 posted 11-15-2010 02:23 AM 1221 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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11-15-2010 02:23 AM

I have this jig and works great for thru dovetails on 3/4” stock. Does anyone know if it can be or have they tried to use it on 1/2” stock. Assuming the right busing and dovetail bit i sused

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#1 posted 11-15-2010 02:48 AM

I use a Porter Cable 4200 series jig, which uses a 1/2” wide 7° dovetail bit with the standard dual-sided template for through DTs (cut the tails with the DT bit, rotate the template 180° and cut the pins with a straight bit). The PC jig also has a “mini” template for use with a 1/4” bit on thin stock.

Stock thickness is primarily a function of depth of cut. But, the angle of the DT bit may not be ideal for thinner stock than the jig was designed for. Too steep an angle can result in fragile tail corners, which usually wait until final assembly to break.

Then, there’s the aesthetics of the spacing and DT size with respect to the thickness of the stock. That’s really a matter of personal taste.

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