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Forum topic by JCantin posted 02-13-2012 02:30 PM 1530 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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JCantin

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02-13-2012 02:30 PM

Topic tags/keywords: router

What size router is recommended for use with a dovetail jig? I don’t have a jig yet but just got the Dewalt 1.25 hp router – it feels good in the hand so wondered about using it for dovetails. Is it better to go with a beefier router?


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#1 posted 02-13-2012 02:59 PM

You should be just fine. I use my old trusty PC 690. Get the PC jig.
Bill

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#2 posted 02-13-2012 03:06 PM

I use a Makita D handle model 3601 for dovetails. It has an 8.5 amp motor. This isnt a big router and it works just fine. I like a smaller router because I feel I have better control of it as I move it across the jig.
Using sharp bits is essential though to prevent chip out etc.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#3 posted 02-13-2012 03:45 PM

+1 on a 690. They’re cheap enough to have more than one on hand.
Watch for an amazon sale for them to drop below $100.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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#4 posted 02-13-2012 03:48 PM

Yours should work fine, I use PC 690 “D” handle for dovetails and many other operations

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#5 posted 02-13-2012 09:59 PM

690 here too

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#6 posted 02-14-2012 10:29 AM

i have a couple of 690’s as well dedicated to my leigh jig, one for the straight cutter, and one with the dovetail bit, plenty of power and easy machine to handle

-- My Shop is a Beaver Lodge

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