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Forum topic by steve6678 posted 637 days ago 687 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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steve6678

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637 days ago

New dovetail Jig…unfamiliar with it…
Any GOOD, USEFUL, UN-COMPLICATED…
advise?

-- Steve - Dust sucks!


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ShaneA

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#1 posted 637 days ago

Use plenty of scrap stock milled to same sizes you will be using for your finished project, get a dialed in fit/adjustments, then bang em out.

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cabmaker

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#2 posted 637 days ago

very easy

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#3 posted 637 days ago

Very easy; here's a video.

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

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CharlieM1958

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#4 posted 636 days ago

The two keys are:

1. Play around with it so you understand the effect of different adjustments.
2. Like Shane said, use scrap to get everything dialed in just right before you start cutting on your good stock.

Oh, and…..

3. Be sure to stop routing when you get to the last slot on the left. A sharp dovetail bit cuts aluminum rather nicely. (DAMHIKT)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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harley04

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#5 posted 636 days ago

I have had mine about 2 weeks and can confirm, use lots of scrap until it is dialed in. After that go with it. The online video Nitewalker mentioned is helpful but you need to watch it a couple times as the camera work is not great

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Bill White

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#6 posted 636 days ago

I have the 4210 (doesn’t do thru DTs). Did 1 test for the half blind DTs, got it set, works good.
Wish now that I had the thru DT capabilities, but I’ll just buy the needed parts.
Bill

-- bill@magraphics.us

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ajosephg

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#7 posted 636 days ago

”3. Be sure to stop routing when you get to the last slot on the left. A sharp dovetail bit cuts aluminum rather nicely.”

I second that. Carbide box joint bits also cut into steel off set stops.

-- Joe

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steve6678

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#8 posted 636 days ago

Ha, I hear ya…thanks all.

-- Steve - Dust sucks!

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