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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 09-13-2005, 08:38 AM Thread Starter
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Default First Attempt with Dovetail Jig

This past weekend I had my first attempt at dovetail joinery using my King Industrial Dovetail Jig. I mainly wanted to figure out how it worked rather than working on a project. Good thing I did.

There were about 8 pages of instruction on how to operate the jig. Pretty detailed. By the time I had read everything my patience was running low (I was way to anxious to do some cutting) so I did not tighten up the bit enough so it slipped about 1/16 when routing. Bummer. The pieces did fit, but were rather sloppy.

Now that I know how to operate the jig Im looking forward to getting a little more practice.

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Best of luck with your new dovetail machine. I have never found one that is "easy" to use because it's all in the setup of the jig. What I learned early in the game was to have lots of scrap wood handy for the setup. If you have a woodstove you'll end up with some very good kindling. Best of luck.

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Hello all - looking for some assistance - we (Martin and I) are trying to play with a dovetail jig from HF - not bottom of the line but not the top either - it did not come with instructions so I am looking for help - do you know where we can get a good book or video on how to use - we have supplied the woodstove well and are getting frustrated.

Problem is we are not very experienced (getting there though!) and I want to dovetail or finger joint a jewelery box.

Any assistance is appreciated!
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go to the link below and download the manual

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Hi all,

Has anyone had any experience with the Porter Cable Dovetail jig? This is the one for $104.00 at lowes. I am thinking about buying this one.


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I got the PC jig from Lowes about a month ago and love it. The instructions were more complicated than they needed to be but once you start using it its just about idiot-proof. It has a depth gauge built in for the bit and lines engraved in the template for wood placement. I had perfect dovetails right from the start. The only complaint I have heard is that the included bit and bushing are not commen size and hard to find replacements. I contacted PC about this and they will sell you new ones directly if needed. Also on thier website you can download a better manual with alot more tips and tricks than the one included with the jig.
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this is the easy dovetail jig to use one set up and you are done i have it and like it here is the link this is the one i have but their are more on the page del schisler
another one or close up you have only 1 set up for both dove and pin i use 2 routers with a bit in each that way you can do the cuts very fast you can be making cuts in a very short time i like mine

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Just my 2 cents on the Harbor Freight Dovetail Jig and others like it.

I have had one for a long time and they work great as long as you TWEAK the JIG.
Any time you have a jig that the parts are held down by a cam device the part will move when the cam is locked down.
In the Habor type, the jig parts move to the right and the left when you slide the blank stock into the jig. (1st error)
To start with screw the jig to a base board,then put side blocks ,so the front plate can't move more than .002 " from side to side when you push the stock under it.
Then put sand paper under the hold down parts (3M spray glue works great for this job on the back side of the sand paper) then press in place and trim.
Stock size is a real key to get the jig to work right and not put out any firewood parts.
Use stock that is 2.500",3.500",4.500",etc. wide.
Side NOTE** Bob and Rick had a small clip showing how to use this type of jig on the Router Workshop..(PBS) I don't recall the date,but it was this year. about 01/2006.
Most will do the front/back and the sides at the same time ,but don't until you have the jig setup on the left side 1st.just right and then use that part to setup the right side with a .500" setup block.
If you want to see a snapshot of the jig I use and the tweaks, Just ask and I will post it.
Once you make a great dovetail box keep it for a quick setup next time.

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Talking Tweak DoveTail jig

Just a way to tweak a dovetail (Harbor Freight type) jig, so it will come out right every time.

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Present problem: I have a SKIL router #1837 and recently bought a Vermont American Dovetail jig only to find that I also need 1/4 & 1/2 Guide bushings.
Seems from a posting back in 2004 the Porter Cable brass guide bushings might fit the SKIL base.
Anyone have any info about this please?
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