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Default Harbor Freight has a dove tail jig

I saw this thing last week @ HF. Just glanced at it since I was in a big rush but it looked pretty solid. Anybody ever use it or know if it's any good. $35 seems a bit cheap. I think the price in store was $23 but I can't remember.

https://www.harborfreight.com/catalo...q=DOVETAIL+JIG
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I don't know anything about it but there is a saying and I bet you have heard it.

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good luck w/ that...
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Well, at least it doesn't have a motor on it. Now accuracy may be a problem.

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Looks like the old basic dovetail jig that Sears and other companies sold before the all the fancy smancy hi priced jigs that are on the market now. I used one many years ago and it did the job, but easy to use, no degree needed like the ones today.
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Some HF stuff is OK, but I think the Leigh style jig is taking over the dovetail market.

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I have a Craftex (Canadian store) dovetail jig that looks almost identical - bought it used. Took me a bit of time to get it set up but it cuts half-blind dovetails no problem. It does take a bit of fiddling to get it set up, once I did that, I created a couple of samples and labelled them with the settings and the router I used.

I think there are any number of these cheaper jigs available, all made in the Orient, but if you're not after all the bells and whistles they're fine for the money. You can't cut through dovetails with this or make box-joints unless you buy the corresponding templates. BTW, the Craftex is on sale for a mere $109 Canadian.

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Looks like the old basic dovetail jig that Sears and other companies sold before the all the fancy smancy hi priced jigs that are on the market now. I used one many years ago and it did the job, but easy to use, no degree needed like the ones today.
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now I have the Leigh D pro series... it's sweet.. should have went there to start w/.... sure would have saved a lot of money/time/energy/frustration and would not have put so many limits on myself...
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I have one of those simple ones under the bench somewhere. the one @stick mentioned is one you need a degree in mech. engineering and mathmatics to use, just ask the majority of people who own them. Dove tails are over rated in my opinion anyway, keep it simple, use box joints.
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You can always just make one. That's what I'd do. Plenty of free plans to do it out there.
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