i gust got a Porter-Cable 4212 12-Inch Deluxe Dovetail Jig...

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Forum topic by passnthru2 posted 07-22-2011 03:53 AM 1018 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-22-2011 03:53 AM

now i just have to learn to use it. i am designing some Computer cases.. i got my new Hitachi C10-FL table saw saw going. i made few simple projects, i got an Incra miter gauge. and a stack of wood for some cases.

ever since i got all the tools set up I’ve been working over time every day and Saturdays… the only thing i have the energy to do when i get home is take a nap.

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#1 posted 07-22-2011 01:12 PM

I got the 4212 a few months back and it does have a learning curve on height adjustment on the router.

Much easier if you have two routers when doing dovetails so that you have one for dovetail bit and one for pins.

I am just completing my first project with through dovetails and while not perfect yet I am getting the feel for it.

Trying finger/box joint jig for the next project. Thing does create a LOT of shaving doesn’t it?

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#2 posted 07-22-2011 01:55 PM

I’ve used this jig for years when I’m unwilling to handcut. Once you stumble upon the “golden” depth, make sure to set the reference guides and make yourself a setup block. I’ve been happy with mine but it makes relatively forgettable looking joints. But, for the price, it’s a winner. I permanently mounted mine to a Workmate and added a few struts for ease of clamping. It also allowed me to connect a dust collection port that works…kinda. I mounted mine so I can fold the whole assembly up and put it away. I think you’ll be pleased once you tweak it.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#3 posted 07-23-2011 12:55 AM

what do you mean by.. ” but, it makes relatively forgettable looking joints”..??

can i use a different bits.? i noticed in the photos in the Reviews didn’t have the distinctive narrow V shaped dovetails. somehow, probably due to my inexperience, i figured different bits would make a different dovetail.

yes the price was right, it had good reviews… i looked over a lot of jigs.

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