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Hey guys, I am looking to make a few boards a little longer (I have a bunch of scrap sapele) that I want to make into one board, is it possible to use a porter cable 4212 to make an end to end dovetail?

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welcome N/A..
use a finger joint instead.. simpler/easier and a lot less effort..
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Yes it's possible. Several ways to do it. Would help to know what equipment you have available. Dovetail jig? Router table? Incra Fence?

Like Stick said, finger joints are easier and plenty strong, unless you just want to show off. That's permissible too, but plan to practice on scrap.

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Put me down for the finger joint too. Massive amount of glue area in that joint.

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Depends on what you are planning on doing with it. Sure you could use dovetails. If you are just wanting the boards longer and want to maintain grain i would use a simple half lap on each end with some glue, much easier and as said maintains grain flow.
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You can do like Clay says and put a contrasting colored dowel through the lap joint too.
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Yes it's possible. Several ways to do it. Would help to know what equipment you have available. Dovetail jig? Router table? Incra Fence?

Like Stick said, finger joints are easier and plenty strong, unless you just want to show off. That's permissible too, but plan to practice on scrap.
I am looking at purchasing a 4212 porter cable jig. I have a Bosch 1617evspk router.

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I am looking at purchasing a 4212 porter cable jig. I have a Bosch 1617evspk router.
you are going for aesthetics...
what you are planing is very doable...
use a spiral straight bit to remove bulk material before you cut w/ your DT bit...

I have a several serious steps up recommendation to the 4212...
https://www.leighjigs.com/intro_dovetail_jigs.php
I had the PC jig.. gave it away...
it was too limited in purpose, lacked versatility and it got that I really didn't care for it...

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Stick486, I looked at those, but are bit out of my reach.

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