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Forum topic by NedG posted 07-14-2014 03:10 AM 348 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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NedG

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07-14-2014 03:10 AM

I just bought a Porter Cable 4210 Dovetail Jig, but my only router has only a 1/4” collet. The sales person said that will work. I’m beginning to realize the 4210 uses only a 1/2” shank bit. Am I now in the market for another router?!! Say it ain’t so. Any suggestions… Thanks, Ned


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pintodeluxe

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#1 posted 07-14-2014 04:44 AM

What router do you own? Is there a 1/2” collet available for it? If not, I would upgrade your router.
I recommend the Dewalt 618. By the way the PC 4210 is a great jig.

Your other option is to buy a 1/4” shank dovetail bit. I use a Rockler bit with my 4210 jig. Only certain bits will work, so consult the P.C. jig manual to find the right bit.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#2 posted 07-14-2014 03:43 PM

Hello Ned, I have the same set-up and use the 1/4” bit. I did used the 1/2” that it came with but it ended up snapping off right at the point where the carbide meets the shank. There’s a good chance I was being to aggressive with my feed rate. I’ve learned to take my time and let the bit do the work. As pinto stated, I also use an aftermarket bit but from Woodcraft, I think they were around $18.00 or so and I always try to keep an extra one on hand just in case, being that I live in a small town 4 hours away from most major suppliers. Also as pinto said, be sure to get the correct one as the angle of this bit is different than most others. Good luck and take care.

BennyG

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BinghamtonEd

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#3 posted 07-14-2014 04:23 PM

Doesn’t the jig use a bushing that is guided by the template? If so, couldn’t you use a bushing with a 1/4” smaller diameter and get the same result as using a 1/2” bit?

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#4 posted 07-14-2014 04:28 PM

IF the bushing would fit his router base. Ran into that problem for awhile, Until I got a router from Sears. Their new all metal one, with both a plunge base and a fixed base that fit the PC bushings. It also has both 1/4” and 1/2” collets…

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NedG

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#5 posted 07-14-2014 06:08 PM

Thanks to those answering my question. I did some more homework and Woodcraft sell a Whiteside bit; 67-530, 1/4” shank. 17/32” diameter,7 deg. part No. 148965 for $23.45. —- Ned

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#6 posted 07-14-2014 06:11 PM

I don’t own that particular bit, but if it’s anything like the other Whiteside bits I do own, you’ll be happy with that purchase. Cheers.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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