Porter Cable Dovetail Jig 12 inch dust help

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Forum topic by waldo posted 1214 days ago 2951 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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1214 days ago

I was wondering if anyone had any ideas to capture dust on the 12 inch Porter Cable dovetail jig? Apparently there’s no shroud you can buy for this.

-- One miscut away from firewood...

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#1 posted 1214 days ago

Capturing dust from my dovetail jig was very important to me. I believe the best system for dust collection is Leigh’s VRS vacuum accessory for the Leigh dovetail jigs. It works great and captures nearly 100% of the dust.

I believe (but I am not certain) that one could rig it up to work on other dovetail jigs.

You may consider buying one where you know you can take it back if you cannot make it work.

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

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#2 posted 1214 days ago

I’ve seen a simmilar DC boot for the router at rocler
it might work for your app or could be cut to work around the fingers

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#3 posted 1214 days ago

I bought a similar boot from Rockler, the whirlwind, the only problem is that the attachment doesn’t sit far enough away from your lumber so it won’t allow the bit to fully penetrate.

-- One miscut away from firewood...

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#4 posted 1214 days ago

I gave up on my PC dovetail jig. Dovetail jigs generate a lot of small micron airborne dust. Rockler has a dovetail jig with a dust collector option. When it was on sale for $120 I went for it. The dust collection attachment works very well.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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#5 posted 1214 days ago

I got a PC4212 recently and man does it make some dust!!!

I have an extra one of those big dust hoods that you get for miter saws, and I was toying with mounting it in a large cardboard box or clamping it to the apron underneath my work table to see if the hood coupled to my DC would get the majority of it.

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#6 posted 1214 days ago

I have 2 of the PC 4212 12 inch jigs, one set up for pins, the other for tails, and I keep 2 PC routers dedicated to each of the functions. When I do a production run it is 150 to 200 pieces, I just plan on sweeping, and using the dust system with a long rockler “snake” hose to clean every thing up after. Yes I may be ankle to knee deep in chips, and I have a dust mask on. I have learned to live with this short coming.

-- Life is to short to own an ugly boat.

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