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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-08-2011, 12:31 PM Thread Starter
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Question Router set and dovetail jig advise

I want to replace an old B&D 7614 I have for about 20 years, for this I was thinking on a set like a DW 618 (B3 or PK), PC 895PK or B 1716EVSPK. I want to be able to make different type of projects and I think itíll be cheaper if I buy a set. Please correct me if I'm in the wrong direction.

Also looking for a dovetail jig and the templates to fit different brands of routers are kind of confusing, what goes with what?

If another set I didnít mention is a better option I would like to know about it, most of my equipment is DW and Bosch and I hear lots of good comments about PC, for that I include it on my search.

Since I keep my tools for long time I want to get one that last, I just retire and budget is a consideration.

Throughout my research I found out that all of them are excellent machines and also have their own bugs some fixed some others still there.

Iím also in the process on building a new table/fence to replace the one I made for the B&D years ago with a new one, more accurate and flexible, for that and reading all the related threads and I found very helpful, thanks. I welcome any ideas about the size and fence.

Iíll appreciate all the info I can get to make a decision on my new router set and a dovetail jig.

Thanks again for your help
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For cutting dovetails, I use a pair of 1/2" PC 694 routers (2 1/4hp), one for the DT bit (tail cutting), and the other for the straight bit (pin cutting).

As to jigs, there is a wide variety of choices - either for use on the router table, or separate for use with the router handheld. The next breakdown of the separate jigs is for fixed spacing, or adjustable spacing. I use the fixed-spacing PC 4212 jig for machine cut DTs. If I want variable spacing, I simply hand-cut them. If I had space for a permanent dovetail station, I'd get the PC OmniJig.

The size and geometry of the bits and guide bushings need to match the geometry of the specific jig.

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I use a pair of DeWalt 618's to do blind dovetails. I bought my first one in their 3 base package deal and liked it so much that I bought a second 3 base set. I had to put big numbers on the top end to keep from mixing them up when I have different bits in them, but have been extremely happy with how well they are designed and how well they perform. I have 9 routers and the DW618's see the most use.

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Thanks Ralph n Charley for your comment, I think you guys are provably tired of hearing the same question over n over again because all 3 are very close on features and performance.

But my main concern about the kits I mention is because reading lots of reviews and comments about them, I found some saying that the DW618 had problems losing the magnetic ring that controls the variable speed specially when is set upside down on a table; the B1716 sawdust in the switch and motor corrosion the same with PC895 some issues that I can’t recall now.

But then again looking at the date on some of the reviews I found out that many of them are few years old, 4 or more.

Obviously there is no “perfect” tool but in many cases those issues were corrected in newer versions and I was wondering if anyone knew something about that.

I like the dovetail jig PC4216 just because comes with the 4215 plate and almost the same price of the 4212; Do I need to get something else to be able to use it with those sets besides what is already supplied with them?

Thanks again
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Hello Jay and welcome to the community....

with the 4216, you've pretty much got the whole package! All ya need is a router (preferably 2, one for pins, one for tails..this just makes things a whole lot easier, but not necessary) and a means by which to secure the jig to your work surface.

A bit of a learning curve, but nothing you can't handles and you're ready to go....

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