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bb71

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02-09-2011 08:15 PM

I have a Sears 16” “Industrial Dovetail Fixture” like this…

http://www.mysears.com/Craftsman-Professional-16-in-Dovetail-and-Boxjoint-System-reviews?tab=details

The jig I have is part number 171-707401. I believe there is a similar version with the part number 171-25450 or 92545.

I am looking for the dovetail bits for it. I’ve called Sears (in Canada) and they have no record of them. The part number listed in the manual for the 3pc set (2 dovetails and a straight bit) is 70210. I did some searching around and found that 70210 may have been replaced by 26354. Sears Canada has no record of that either.

I’m looking for matching bits from another manufacturer. Does anyone have the details on these bits?
There is a 1/2” dovetail bit (#70251), a 9/16” dovetail bit (#70240) and a straight bit (#70174). The straight bit is no problem but I can’t seem to find any details on the dovetails.

thanks,
Brad


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#1 posted 02-09-2011 11:53 PM

I have the same dovetail jig, and the same issues with finding the bits. I just assumed it was because my local sears is tiny and doesn’t stock much tools. I also found it a pain to get the guide bushings to fit my router base and ended up having to buy a sears brand “universal” base which really wasn’t all that universal either. In the end I have only ever done box joints with it, and only once. Not my best purchase.

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#2 posted 02-10-2011 01:13 AM

I’ve been experimenting all afternoon. Since I didn’t have a longer 9/16” dovetail bit (#70240), I’m not able to do the through dovetails that I wanted.

I do have a 1/2” dovetail bit (from Lee Valley I think) so I started playing around with half blind flush joints. I don’t like the odd (.4”) guide either, so I said forget it and used a standard 3/8” guide in my 2Hp Dewalt. It’s taken about 10 trial runs so far but I almost have the joint fitting. Unfortunately, I’ve run out of planed test stock so I’ll have to joint and plane some more. That’ll have to wait til after dinner.

The manual is quite possibly the worst I’ve ever seen. It refers to sections in the manual that aren’t there, mixes up part numbers, refers to parts that are supposed to be included but aren’t (ie. a 5/16” guide), etc. There’s very in depth explanations of how the jig works for each joint but unfortunately there are so many errors that I’ve pretty much abandoned it and am moving forward with trial and error and lots of notes.

I think once I get the setup straightened around, it may actually be a worth while jig.

Brad

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#3 posted 02-10-2011 05:56 AM

Yeah, the box joint I did was quite good, but as you said the manual is a nightmare, i’m happy to hear someone else agrees, I thought maybe I was a bit dumb…

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#4 posted 02-10-2011 04:40 PM

The 3 bit set is listed on Sears web site. Here is the link for it:

http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_12605_00926354000P?prdNo=1&blockNo=1&blockType=G1

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#5 posted 02-10-2011 05:13 PM

I had already found that link. Unfortunately that’s Sears in the US. Sears Canada has no record of this item. I’m going to have to order it from Sears US. I think I’ll just scrap the whole thing. I’ve got it to work but the repeatability is terrible. No sense pumping mroe $ into a piece of junk. I think I’ll pick up a porter cable – probably #4212.

Brad

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#6 posted 02-10-2011 05:17 PM

Get an Akeda a whole much better jig that you will be happy with forever…..

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