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christherookie

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08-17-2018 02:34 PM

Topic tags/keywords: router jig box

I’d like to purchase a dovetail jig for use with my router. Most of the work will be for making small boxes. The Porter Cable 4210 looks like it would be good. Any other recommendations? I’m not looking to spend a lot while at the same time, I don’t want to buy a piece of junk that causes me problems. It’s something I’d probably use once a month – I tend to do one project a month.

Thanks!


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#1 posted 08-17-2018 02:42 PM

https://www.amazon.com/PORTER-CABLE-4210-12-Inch-Dovetail-Jig/dp/B0006AAS8I

not a bad price … they are very fussy to set up :<))

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#2 posted 08-17-2018 03:38 PM

The Porter Cable would be a good dovetail jig. Only doing one box a month it would be faster to cut them by hand. the PC jig is much easier to set up if you know how to cut by hand then you have a better idea of which movement does what with the joint.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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christherookie

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#3 posted 08-17-2018 03:48 PM

I’ve considered that but have no experience with hand-cutting. I’ve just checked a few articles and it seems like that’s easy enough. Any recommendations on chisels or the right saw?


The Porter Cable would be a good dovetail jig. Only doing one box a month it would be faster to cut them by hand. the PC jig is much easier to set up if you know how to cut by hand then you have a better idea of which movement does what with the joint.

- johnstoneb


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#4 posted 08-17-2018 03:54 PM

I have a PC jig. It is a great tool for the money in my opinion. You can make some pretty boxes with one. Just need to read the instructions close and do a few practice runs. You should be able to get it set up quite quickly I believe. I have a couple of the older 690 PC routers with the collets and all that. Nice tools. Had them for some time now and they have been reliable.

-- "I build for function first, looks second. Most times I never get around to looks." - Mike, western Colorado

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#5 posted 08-17-2018 03:56 PM

Check out Leigh’s jig. They are more expensive but you can also do a lot more with them. You can find them used for a decent price. Check the “For Sale” forum thread. I’m planning to to sell my superjig 12 and upgrade to a DR4 later this year and I will definitely put it on the thread.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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whiteshoecovers

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#6 posted 08-17-2018 04:54 PM

I just bought the Leigh RTJ400. I never attempted dovetails prior, and first ones out of the box were just about flawless. Really easy to set up too. It’s expensive but I’m glad I splurged on it, now ALL future drawer projects will be DT, that’s pretty nice.

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#7 posted 08-18-2018 12:39 PM

There are videos with John Von Wald using the Porter Cable jig.

I would recommend you watch these. One is for through dovetails, the other for half blind. Watch these before you spend the money.

I owned a PC jig for a while. I found the jig to be out of square. I imagine for small projects you wouldn’t notice this. I’ve had much better results with the Keller jig, but this only does through dovetails. I own a Leigh but I haven’t used it yet, I keep reaching for the Keller.

Mark

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JRsgarage

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#8 posted 08-18-2018 02:18 PM

For small boxes, incra original jig works well. I use it much more than my PC 4210…but I only have one template with the PC

-- Two is One, One is None

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TungOil

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#9 posted 08-19-2018 10:17 PM

I like the Keller jig. Simple to use once you get it set up.

-- The optimist says "the glass is half full". The pessimist says "the glass is half empty". The engineer says "the glass is twice as big as it needs to be"

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#10 posted 08-20-2018 12:00 PM

and the Keller can be used on a router table.

-- A good day is any day that you're alive....

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ChefHDAN

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#11 posted 08-21-2018 10:53 AM

My jig and all of the templates are sitting on a shelf covered in dust. I’m doing DT’s maybe every couple of months and never really in a production quantity, generally 1 or 2 drawers in a table or so. Once I took the dive and started a few practice joints I found I’m much quicker and accurate going by hand.

-- I've decided 1 mistake is really 2 opportunities to learn.. learn how to fix it... and learn how to not repeat it

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verdesardog

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#12 posted 08-23-2018 01:26 PM

I have a leigh D40 and all accessories for sale $300 + shipping

-- .. heyoka ..

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