using Keller jig inverted on a router table (Gifkins like)

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Forum topic by floridagramps posted 01-12-2011 02:20 PM 2246 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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01-12-2011 02:20 PM

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I am debating which way to flop on purchasing a dovetailing jig. Most of my use will be thru dovetails for small boxes. I am impressed w Leigh and Akeda but leaning towards Keller due to simplicity and price. Just saw an article in Popular Woodworking on Aussie Gifkins jig which looks like an inverted Keller used on a router table and I see that Peachtree Woodworking offers something similar.

Anyone have experience using a keller jig inverted on a router table for making small boxes? Is it easy, safe and reliable?

I also saw a comment that you can use the templates from Porter Cable 4210,4212 as if they were Keller jigs. Does anyone have experieince doin this

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#1 posted 01-12-2011 07:32 PM

floridagramps, I dont have the Keller but I do have the Katie Jig Sold by Sommerfeld tools. To my understanding it is very similar. I have made about 15 drawers so far and only the first one was not correct (was a test). I have quite a few tools from them and found the service to be excellent and good quality stuff.
My only issue with the jig is I have experienced some tear out, to prevent you need to place another board on top of the one one you are cutting.
I also managed to break 1 bit, my own fault again, though they promptly sent another bit.
Previous to this I had the Rockler and just could not get it set correctly anymore (I am getting impatient)
Hope this helps
Rob Vicelli

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