|Forum topic by Whiskers||posted 07-09-2013 09:19 AM||1098 views||0 times favorited||6 replies|
07-09-2013 09:19 AM
I bought the 4216 version of this when Amazon had marked it down at a really good price. Watched it forever it seems til it came in at a price to bite on. When I got it it seemed really solid, but I didn’t have everything I needed to use it. LOL, like a decent router. That’s changed and let me tell you my story of how things went for a total novice.
First I read all the instructions and looked at all the stuff that comes with it and I admit, I was like many others I seen post here and on sawmillcreek about this critter. You read the instructions and your are like, What?, Huh?, Stick my what were? Is That even possible?
Found some good advice suggesting to download the PC videos demonstrating the device here and on sawmillcreek but unfortunately all the links were dead. The videos do exist still though so find them if your trying to figure this thing out. Sorry I didn’t mark them and can’t post them here. They are marketing videos, not how to, but seeing the thing in use will make the instructions make sense. There also a lot of u-tube stuff out thee. Watch the videos to get a basic understanding of how the thing works and than the instructions will make a little sense.
Now the next thing is step trough the instructions, and do what they say. It now makes some sense. For material might I make a suggestion. On a trip to my local lumber yard, the guy there and me kind of hit it off, and he mentioned one day they have these 3×1x24 boards that are stickers tween the other stock. They normally throw these away, but some of them actually look quite good if you have small projects. I commented he was right and even the rough stuff might be useful as backer boards to prevent routers from tearing out etc. He filled the floor board of one side of my backseat of my car with these sticker boards for free. These were great playing with this tool.
I picked out a couple sticker boards and laid out the instructions and got to work. Still confused but I did my best.
Pass 1: Total disaster! Didn’t get the clamping mech right and the top board shifted making a total mess.
Pass 2: Same board. Not so good, Lot wrong, Basically it was bad routing technique cause I’m not used to using routers and bushings etc. Back to the miter saw.
Pass 3: Hey, there is hope, I got ipins and tails, but they don’t align, and the depth everything don’t work.
Pass 4: Eureka! I get it now. That what this thingy is for, the top board goes in this way, not that, duh!
I’m so happy and it late and I’m not going to actually do that tonight, but I hope anyone who gets one of these things and is intimidated by it like me reads this and is inspired. Get a couple pieces of sticker wood that is free and watch the videos and just jump in and futze through it. Now that I have fought through this process the PC dove tail jig is actually a very easy tool to use. Although I haven’t actually made a good joint with it yet, I know once the alignment process is complete I can whip through multiple joints with perfect precision and repeatability.
This is a great tool!