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Well I went out and bought a dovetail jig at BUsyBee Tools and decided to give it a test drive. It felt like racing in the Indy 500 after 500 laps I was ready to toss in the yellow flag

I tried to follow the instruction but I have to say the instruction are very poorly written and I could not understand some of the instructions. I decided to drive out to the store and ask some questions and hopefully get my issue resolved. The two guys in the store had absolutely no clue what I was asking and it was like I was driving at night and caught them in the middle of the road if you know what I mean.

I was very disappointed and I wasted a whole day on this useless jig. I can not get the dovetail to even fit into the mating piece.

Not sure if anyone else has tried this but I would not recommend this product. Lets say it was a waste of $65.00. I would take it back but because I bought it a few months ago and did not take it out right away I will have to settle on a store credit. Not sure what the difference is but nerveless I am not happy.

If anyone has used this and got good results please tell me how you did it. For me this is not working.
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Well I went out and bought a dovetail jig at BUsyBee Tools and decided to give it a test drive. It felt like racing in the Indy 500 after 500 laps I was ready to toss in the yellow flag

I tried to follow the instruction but I have to say the instruction are very poorly written and I could not understand some of the instructions. I decided to drive out to the store and ask some questions and hopefully get my issue resolved. The two guys in the store had absolutely no clue what I was asking and it was like I was driving at night and caught them in the middle of the road if you know what I mean.

I was very disappointed and I wasted a whole day on this useless jig. I can not get the dovetail to even fit into the mating piece.

Not sure if anyone else has tried this but I would not recommend this product. Lets say it was a waste of $65.00. I would take it back but because I bought it a few months ago and did not take it out right away I will have to settle on a store credit. Not sure what the difference is but nerveless I am not happy.

If anyone has used this and got good results please tell me how you did it. For me this is not working.
Hi Dan - Sorry to hear you're havin trouble. I haven't got that jig but I've read it is very similar to Rockler which I do have. Here is a link to the Rockler instructions, upper left corner of the page:
Rockler's Complete Dovetail Jig with FREE Dovetail Jig Dust Collector - Rockler Woodworking Tools
I found these instructions pretty decent for half-blinds but got lost as a $2 hunting dog on the box joint instructions. Maybe you'll have better luck

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Thanks will check it out!
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Ok John that look way to easy. Have you used this jig? Is it really that easy?
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I will one day get into making boxes and will need a dove tail jig I am sure but for now stools will have to do. Hope you get a handle on yours.

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Yeah, dovetails, at least the half blind ones come out pretty decent. jig is a PIA to setup so I have it pretty much welded together. The comb is on a 1" frequency so I set it up with 5 1/2" wide stock. When I got the half joint at the top and bottom of the board equal I locked every thing down. Now, I make all of my boxes to the next higher half inch. If I need a box, say 4 3/4, I use 5 1/2 inch stock, cut the joint then rip 3/8" off each edge. Lot easier than trying to set the thing up every time. One other thing, if yours has the plastic edge guides, make ding-dong certain they are square, both up and down and front to back. One other thing I did. I have a little Craftsman router I inherited that is nearly as much PIA to set depth on as the jig is to set up. Once I got that set up, the dovetail bit lives there. Now I've got the jig and router preset so doing boxes isn't much of an issue.
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http://busybeetools.com/manuals/CT052.pdf

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H0983 Dovetail Jig w/ Aluminum Template
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I believe the Rockler jig uses 7/8" increments on stock width to end up with the traditional half pins top & bottom of dovetails & I think many like this jig use this measurement also. Example of sizing would be 2-5/8", 3-1/2", 4-3/8", 5-1/4", 6-1/8", etc to end up with the half pins top & bottom of joint.

The PC jig uses 1" + 1/4" increments for sizing dovetails. The sizing would be 2-1/4", 3-1/4", 4-1/4", 5-1/4", & so on. A 5" opening would have drawer parts ripped to the 4-1/4" size to center the joint with half pins top & bottom. If making boxes just size your parts using these rules for the jig you are using to end up with symmetrical joints. No need to cut material after you machine joint to center dovetails.

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I am using the PC 890 series router. Setting the depth is not to bad but I am using the plunge base. This might sound like a stupid question but should I use the fixed base and then set depth so it is locked in place and adjust via the adjuster it came with?


BJ I have the manual and noticed the donwloadeable one is didderent than the one that came with the jig. The say to adjust the bit depth from 11/16" in the manual and the online version says 19/32".

My problem is I am using 3/4" plywood for test cutting. I can not even get the pins to fit into the mating piece. How do I adjust this? Do I set the depth of the router bit deeper? I have tried it and it makes no difference.

I have checked to ensure the plastic pieces are set square. This is a bad design because if you follow the directions it lays out how to setup the jig but fails to mention you have to take the dam thing apart to move those plastic bars to ensure your top and bottom bars are offset 1/2".
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i use this jig every day Easy to use Right out of the box The tales and pin's were right on And tight Very little learing curve So easy to use

The Japan Woodworker Catalog - Gifkins Dovetail and Box Jig

It is better with 2 routers and 2 tables I make 100's of box's and other things The jig cost's But if you are only making a few item's than not worth it With a single router And bit change's Thing's arn't going to be fun To much messing around Getting the bit's set up after each change With this jig only set up once for each dovetales and pin's You cut both No bit change Of course if you are going to do a few item's and that's it Not worth the 2 set ups I bought the Ridgid kit's one router and table for $99.00 each Not a bad price They work fine Good luck

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