Dovetail jigs, Need help with jig of choice.

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07-31-2011 05:26 PM

I’ve not ventured very far into jigs but did run across these two dovetail jigs

1. EZ Pro Dovetail Jig
2. Prazi Chestmate Dove Tail Jig

Are either of these suggested? Other opinions suggestions? Can the Prazi be used on a router table?


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#1 posted 08-09-2011 01:48 PM

Keller has several mod. to choose.

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#2 posted 08-10-2011 02:35 AM

I like the Keller, but I don’t own one. Gives you an infinite length that you can dovetail.

I’ve got a PC 4216 (does through, half, sliding and mini) that meets all my needs. But next time i’m flush enough to buy more toys it will be one of the Kellers.

- ryan

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#3 posted 08-10-2011 04:42 AM

Actually I braved the task of making a jig using this months addition of American Woodworking, It’s a table saw jig and so far it’s proven to be working quite well, I’ll know more tomorrow planing on making some dovetail shelving for my workshop.

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#4 posted 08-21-2011 09:59 PM

I have the prazi

It’s awesome if you making chests or something big
Ok too if you making a couple drawers

If your making a ton of drawers it gets kinda slow

I got mine for 60 bucks though at sears cuz the package was damaged
Not sure you can use it on a router table I just clamp t to the piece and bring the router to it

The kellars loom ok but for the price I’d rather ball outta control and get a Leigh jig

-- Ev in Framingham, MA

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#5 posted 08-21-2011 10:02 PM

I have an Incra and it is limitless on what you can do. Now I havent used any of the other highend jigs like the Omnijig.

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#6 posted 08-25-2011 02:57 PM

If you are only interested in traditional dovetails (and by no means is there anything wrong with that) then read no further. But if your options are open to other possibilities consider the Kehoe Jig. It is a different twist on dovetails. You basically cut the dovetail into the assembled joint and then add a dovetail shaped key similar to using splines. But the there is a slight taper to the cut so the key strengthens and locks the joint. It looks like a traditional dovetail but also allows for other appearences if you vary the wood for the key again similar to dark splines on light wood.

They are a great little company and stand by what they make, and they are made in the USA. Check them out.

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#7 posted 08-25-2011 03:38 PM

Here’s the only jig that makes dovetails look hand cut, developed by Charles Neil.

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#8 posted 08-26-2011 05:16 PM

Why are these so dang expensive? I mean its just a slab of machined aluminium?

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#9 posted 08-27-2011 04:18 PM

I have the 4216 PC Jig and if you get the Adobe PDF supplemental instruction manual for the PC 4200 series jig you will find it will do as much if not more different cuts and designs as many of the other jigs on the market. I find the biggest problem I have is to determine which cut or design I want to do with each project from the many ways shown in the supplemental manual. I have the improved model jig so setup is much more simple also.

Rockler did have the manual available for download, but if not now you can Google it.

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#10 posted 08-27-2011 05:02 PM

I just sold my incra dovetail jig.I had it ,tried it ,never had success either.I am very glad to see the back of it.I am not saying others have not had results but I asked, and asked ,and never found anyone who found it easyto get real success with it.I had no trouble with box joints they were beautiful with it. . Alistair

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#11 posted 08-28-2011 01:25 AM

I just got the keller in, haven’t had the chance to try it yet due to an addition to my shop, building an outer DC shed.

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#12 posted 08-28-2011 05:07 AM

I had the PC 4212 jig but frankly never used it and sold it a few weeks ago. I do so little dovetails I figured if I really need to I can struggle through handcutting. haha

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#13 posted 09-05-2011 05:04 AM

I own the Keller Dovetail jig Model 1500 and it is very easy to understand, set-up and use… however, take note that it can only be used for through dovetails. I have recently been eyeing the Akeda dovetail jig system but dont have any personal experience with it. I like the fact that it can do both half blind and through dovetails with indexable spacing unlike the Leigh dovetail jig where it infitely adjustable which also includes the pin sizing. The Leigh doetail jig is another great option but I find it to be too laborous to set up. The Keller is hard to beat for the money and definitely gets the job done if through dovetails are all that you plan on using in your projects. Good luck in your venture to find one that is right for you! Regards, DD

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#14 posted 09-05-2011 05:46 PM

I am with cr1, learn to do them by hand. Once you get the hang of it you can make any kind of dovetail that no jig will be able to equal. By the time you have set up the jig, done test cuts, raise bit, lower the bit, blah, blah, blah. You could have made an entire drawer with a hand saw, a fret saw and a couple of chisels. Unlike al the jigs, you are not limited to a bit angle, you can make anything from a 2º to 15º angle, etc.

I bought a Leigh super jig, the thing has been gathering dust for 3 years already, it took me about 3 months to learn how to do dovetails by hand and have not looked back since then.

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#15 posted 09-13-2011 02:27 AM

I have the Akeda system that David referred to and I love it. The learning curve is much easier than the Leigh.

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