Sommerfeld Router Jigs - Router Forums
 3Likes
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-16-2020, 04:23 PM Thread Starter
Registered User
 
Bstrom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2020
Country: United States
First Name: Brian
Posts: 135
 
Default Sommerfeld Router Jigs

Just bought the Sommerfeld jigs to do both through and blind dovetails. $339 OTD w/ free shipping. Watched his videos and am convinced I can actually handle this. Easy adjustment for loosening the joints if needed.

FYI: You can request the individual 'tuning forks' as a substitute for the single plate shown online - no extra charge according to Pat. I did.

Bstrom
Powell, TN
Bstrom is online now  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-16-2020, 05:24 PM
Forum Contributor
 
DesertRatTom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Country: United States
First Name: Tom
Posts: 17,024
 
Default

I really like my Katey Jig, very easy to use. Versatile and you're working on a table. His videos are really great, not full of edits and shortcuts. You see the whole process.
jj777746 likes this.

The more I do, the less I accomplish.
DesertRatTom is offline  
post #3 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-16-2020, 09:35 PM Thread Starter
Registered User
 
Bstrom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2020
Country: United States
First Name: Brian
Posts: 135
 
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by DesertRatTom View Post
I really like my Katey Jig, very easy to use. Versatile and you're working on a table. His videos are really great, not full of edits and shortcuts. You see the whole process.
Kathy Jig? Is this the same item? You reference the Sommerfeld video...Iím confused.

Bstrom
Powell, TN
Bstrom is online now  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #4 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-17-2020, 12:35 PM
Forum Contributor
 
DesertRatTom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Country: United States
First Name: Tom
Posts: 17,024
 
Default

Katey Jig was the original name and they are the same. New accessories fit the older model jig. I have a feeling he has a daughter named Kate. The video is on making dovetail joints.

Two videos, part one and two.

I think he marks up the jig as to face in, face out, and he has a numbering scheme for the workpieces to avoid cutting it wrong.
Ed3443 likes this.

The more I do, the less I accomplish.
DesertRatTom is offline  
post #5 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-17-2020, 03:09 PM Thread Starter
Registered User
 
Bstrom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2020
Country: United States
First Name: Brian
Posts: 135
 
Default

Yeah, I watched them and decided off the two videos that this unit would be best for what pieces I would make - chests and armoires will have to wait!

I'll nickname mine as 'Katey' for old time sake...if she behaves herself!

Bstrom
Powell, TN
Bstrom is online now  
post #6 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-17-2020, 10:56 PM
Forum Contributor
 
DesertRatTom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Country: United States
First Name: Tom
Posts: 17,024
 
Default

You'll have to email Marc and tell him. Looks like a guy who likes a good laugh.

The more I do, the less I accomplish.
DesertRatTom is offline  
post #7 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-18-2020, 05:20 PM
Registered User
 
bryansong's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Country: United States
First Name: bryan
Posts: 759
 
Default

Bestrum, what did you mean by “chests and armoires will have to wait!“?
Will this jig not work for that?
bryansong is offline  
post #8 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-18-2020, 08:51 PM
Forum Contributor
 
DesertRatTom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Country: United States
First Name: Tom
Posts: 17,024
 
Default

This jig is good for up to 12 inch wide material. Chests are often deeper, and require another kind of jig, up to 18 inches. Leigh makes it and costs about $575 on Amazon.

If I were going to make something like that, I'd use box joint using the iBox table saw jig, which runs about $210 on Amazon. Link below. I'd probably make something that large with BB ply rather that glue up panels.

https://www.amazon.com/Leigh-Super-D...80&s=hi&sr=1-4

iBox jig link: https://www.amazon.com/INCRA-I-BOX-J...51&s=hi&sr=1-2

The more I do, the less I accomplish.
DesertRatTom is offline  
post #9 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-18-2020, 11:11 PM
Registered User
 
gdonham1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Country: United States
First Name: Guy
Posts: 230
 
Default

I have had a variety of jigs for making dovetails. I hava an Akeda, Prazi Chestmate, Rockler DT Jig and I have an Incra Positioner 27". Of all of the jigs I use the Incra exclusively now. The Incra is so versatile and you can make so many different types of joints. The other jigs I have make good dovetails but you are limited by the dimension of the dovetail. So if you have 1/2" bit the stock needs to be in 1/2" increments. The Incra makes variable spaced joints and is a very versatile system plus you have a very precise system for rabbeting and dadoing which the other jigs cannot do.

I also have an Incra I-Box jig for making box joints. I use a Frued 1/4" and 3/8" blade set with the I-Box and all I have to do is insert the blade on the saw, put the jig on the miter slot, adjust the height of the blade and bam I am making box joints. There is no easier way to make box joints. I primarily make 1/4" joints so if you need to switch over to 3/8" there is a setup and adjustment but if you make 1/4" last time and want to make 1/4" this time there is almost no adjustment except height of the blade.

I have a lot of Incra products and love each and every one of them.
gdonham1 is offline  
post #10 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-19-2020, 11:36 AM
Registered User
 
Danman1957's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Country: Canada
First Name: Dan
Posts: 744
 
Default

I have thought about a dovetail jig, but I don't do enough of them to justify the cost. I learned how to do them by hand and I actually enjoy doing them, it's the sense of accomplishment I guess. If I was doing them frequently I would probably spend the $$$.

Don't fear your tools, pay attention and respect the tools and avoid injury.
Danman1957 is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Router Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in











Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome