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My EZ pro dove tail jig has fixed 1" spacing with a supplied bearing dovetail bit.
I have another dovetail bit same size as the one EZ pro supplies but with no bearing guide. Can I use different size router guides with this bit to obtain smaller dove tails?
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My EZ pro dove tail jig has fixed 1" spacing with a supplied bearing dovetail bit.
I have another dovetail bit same size as the one EZ pro supplies but with no bearing guide. Can I use different size router guides with this bit to obtain smaller dove tails?
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use a guide bushing instead of a bearing guided bit...

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I'm not familiar with the OP's jig, but the PC Dovetail Jig Supplemental Manual http://www.routerforums.com/porter-c...on-manual.html might be useful in helping to learn the theory of alternate sized bits. The specifics may not directly apply, but the thought processes might.

Of all the tools i've acquired in the past few years, in my opinion the manual and supplemental manual for the PC Dovetail jig are pretty well written and at least a little educational. (and i'm not a huge fan of PC in general--but i do like that jig). Your mileage may vary.

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I own the pc jig as well and I am just beginning to use it. My little experience causes me to wonder about alternatives As I understand the design of all the finger joint styled dovetail jigs they stipulate a degree and width that are required to work with the designed spacing. With a bushing the bits width is smaller The bearing bit has a bearing smaller than the width of the cutter. so when I think about doing this I get real confused

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Please bear with me I am a novice
My EZ pro dove tail jig has fixed 1" spacing with a supplied bearing dovetail bit.
I have another dovetail bit same size as the one EZ pro supplies but with no bearing guide. Can I use different size router guides with this bit to obtain smaller dove tails?
Ben...if I'm not mistaken the EZ makes 1/2" dovetails. The bearing sets up the amount cut. If you have a bushing the same size as the bearing you can use the guide in its place with bits without bearing.

In order to make different size dovetails the jig would have to have different size fingers. Since you cannot change the template on that jig you are basically stuck with the 1/2".

I have one...works fine for a small number of drawers...

YouTube has the full instructions in two parts...

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