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Forum topic by Cruiszr posted 180 days ago 606 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Cruiszr

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180 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: jig router joining

I have been wanting a dovetail jig for some time now and dicovered that HD was selling the Porter Cable 4216 Dovetail jig for 20% off their regular price I checked prices on the internet and couldn’t find it cheaper anywhere so I pulled the trigger on this low price.($167) reg. $209 at HD. If any of you are wanting a dovetail jig now might be a good time to check it out before it goes off sale.

Looking forward to using this jig on some of the projects I have planned. If you happen to have one and have an opinion or review you would like to share with me on the do’s and don’t I would appreciate it.

-- George R. Forest, Virginia


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Mike Throckmorton

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#1 posted 179 days ago

Hi George,

Be careful to keep the router vertical and cut slowly.

Take the time to do practice runs to get the set-up dialed in.

Corollary: Always cut extra stock to use for getting the jig set up.

For just one drawer, you could probably hand cut the dovetails quicker.

For 5 drawers (with the same board width and thickness dimensions) its a huge win.

-- You are never complete, you just draw a line where done is and stop at that line.

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Cruiszr

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#2 posted 179 days ago

Thanks Mike, much appreciated

-- George R. Forest, Virginia

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MT_Stringer

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#3 posted 179 days ago

I am a slow learner so it took me all day to get the jig set up but I finally got it. It is set for 5/8 inch material so I can make half blind dovetails for drawers. Now that it is set, I hope to continue to use it for just this purpose as I build cabinets for our kitchen, and maybe my brother in laws kitchen…and maybe a wet bar for our friends. :-)

Checkout the pics in my Custom Buffet blog.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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Cruiszr

87 posts in 189 days


#4 posted 179 days ago

Looks like you’re well on your way with the dovetails. I am really looking forward to giving it a go. By the way I see you’re a camera buff. Been there, done that. Retired photographer!

-- George R. Forest, Virginia

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MT_Stringer

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#5 posted 179 days ago

“Looks like you’re well on your way with the dovetails. I am really looking forward to giving it a go.”

Good luck. There are several videos on You Tube. Most are just confusing because the person doing the video gets confused as to which is up and which is down and so on. I watched all I could find.

Note: I finally realized that since I was building drawers for cabinets, no one would see the rear of the drawers anyway so why bother with dovetails for the rear. That really cut my production time down.

Good luck. Post some pics.
Mike

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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NiteWalker

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#6 posted 179 days ago

Nice score!
When I found the 4212 for $105 I jumped on it. Great jig.

Grab the advanced manual, and there’s a post about using 14 degree bits for half blinds somewhere around here.

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

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