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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-22-2015, 06:47 PM Thread Starter
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Default Dovetail Jigs Again - This vs. That

So after going through about 50 threads I think I've narrowed down my choice and just looking to validate thoughts.

Goals: Keep jig cost around $200 or less. For use with Dewalt 618 1/2" shank, (though I've also got a Bosch Colt trim router w/ 1/4" shank). I'm an average woodworker and have successfully made several furniture pieces. I don't really NEED to do dovetail joints, but I just kind of like the way they look and would like to give them a go. But I have neither the time nor inclination to learn the hand craftsmanship for this particular effect. As well, I have plans to do several pieces this spring with a bunch of drawers and wouldn't have the time to do it by hand.

Options include: Porter Cable 4216 Super Jig, Rockler Jig, or MLCS Master set.

I'm leaning towards 4216 as it appears to come with all bushings and bits. The black base on my Dewalt 618 SHOULD be immediately compatible. Though a little hassle as I'll have to change out base from the one I've got now as it's mounted differently under the router table.

So any reason this is a bad choice? From what I've read of others, this combo should wok ok. Not sure if I an make it work with my Bosch Colt as well; at least not with the default base, but that's not the priority.

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I know this isn't on your list but these are the best dovetail jigs I have found.
1218 - Dovetail Template Master - Milescraft
I have used a few of the types you mentioned and although they all work the set up time for them is a pain. with the one I have posted the link to it takes a few minutes to set up which is easy and produces excellent results straight off. It will only produce through dovetail joints of a set spacing but is so easy and quick to use. HTH.
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well that's interesting. And it's a lot cheaper. Though I'm not so sure about setup. Reading the instructions seems to indicate a fair amount of effort to build your own jigs from the template before doing anything; which is also more places to make errors.

Though they do point out that you can pretty much make all you want. So I can see where you could even make longer jigs if you wanted, and it also takes up a lot less storage space. So yeah, this is a viable alternative. Yet another thing to consider.

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Scott, I also have the 1218 Milescraft template master. I took the time to make the block with T-track for clamping. One slight adjustment, just to get the fit that I wanted. It is not High-end, adjustable fingered, half blind capable, etc. You can glue a false face to the front to create half blind dovetails. But it does produce quality, repeatable through Dovetail joints. That is what I was looking for. You can get as elaborate as you want in setting this system up. Bottom line is, it works well.

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I forgot that I had these pics of my set-up. I had most of the materials on hand. I made some sacrificial fences for different thickness pieces, for backer support. I did not want any chip out. The toggle clamps also act as stops for repeatable alignment.
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The PC 4200 series dovetail jig has been good to me. I have the whole set, not just the 4216 for small dovetails. As long as your routers can be fitted with base plates that accept the PC style guides, you should have not problems.
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The Milescraft 1218 Dovetail Template Master mentioned by Alan looks exactly like my Stots dovetail jig, so I assume Milescraft took it over when Stots packed up.

It takes a bit of time making your first jig from it but it works perfectly thereafter. I had never made a dovetail joint before I used my Stots jig but the job came out perfect first time.

Stots made some very good instructional DVDs and pdf manuals and they're still available. Just Google 'Stots dovetail jig'

If it helps Amazon.com are selling the Milescraft Dovetail Template Master for only $19.31
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That template looks good. There's an easy to follow guide here.

Wish the UK would sell at reasonable prices though. $19.31 on amazon.com, 50.00 on Rutlands in the UK.
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Take a serious look at the Leigh jig. I'm sorry to say that with the Canadian dollar the way it is you could get quite a deal. I love the versatility of mine. Oldrusty.
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May I recommend the Woodrat routing center ? This unique device, made in GB, has no fingers, allowing to locate tails and pins as near one to another as you want. The result is perfect, and really looks like a hand made joint.
The device makes much more than dovetails, for example tenon and mortise joints. But I'm afrait it costs more than what you mean to.
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