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I am going to purchase a router jig. My questions are which brands are pretty much universal ( come with collars and bits or are interchangeable with other bits ) and maintain a parts line for future opperations without chunking the old jig. I also would like one that has a fairly available parts in town or on line that will not be so easily discontinued. All help and input appreciated. I have moderate skills in carpentry and am going to use this on a frequent basis ( untill all my little projects get done ). I will be working with thin stock 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch
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Howdy Steve..
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Just what kind of jig are you looking for? what are you looking to accomplish?

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I am going to purchase a router jig. My questions are which brands are pretty much universal ( come with collars and bits or are interchangeable with other bits ) and maintain a parts line for future opperations without chunking the old jig. I also would like one that has a fairly available parts in town or on line that will not be so easily discontinued. All help and input appreciated. I have moderate skills in carpentry and am going to use this on a frequent basis ( untill all my little projects get done ). I will be working with thin stock 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch
Hi Steve - welcome to the forum
Might narrrow it down some if you specified just which jig. I assume you are talking about a dovetail jig but there are all kinds of others, ie; dado jig, morticeing jig, ski jig, hinge jigs, shelf pin jig, etc, etc, etc,

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I'll go out on the proverbial limb and assume that you're talking about a dovetail jig, Steve.

There are many available - both for use with a hand-held router, and for use on a router table. My preference is for hand-held router use.

I like the Porter Cable 4200 series with the mini template for use with thin stock. It is, however, a fixed-spacing design. If you want variable spacing on through dovetails, consider either the Porter Cable OmniJig, or the Leigh DR4. Leigh also has fixed-spacing jigs. Both companies have been around for a long time, and are likely to remain in business. Other manufacturers seem to come and go.

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I am going to do (HOPEFULLY,,lol) Box joints and Dovetail joints. Perhaps as my skillz increase I might try some of the other Exotic stuff. I am 57 yrs. old, retired and have too much time, so I do projects in metal, wood and some prefab. Pretty much a croos between Yankie ingenuety and Southern riggin. One thing I have found is these forums are a wealth of knowledge and a great source of neighbor willing to help neighbor. Something that was common when I was young and lived in a rural area. Thanks to all for any and all help.
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I am looking to perform Box joints, Dovetail joints and later maybe something harder.
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HI Steve

You may want to take a hard look at the jig below. you can use it with a hand router or router table, it comes with all you need..it can be used on 1/4" to 3/4" thick stock..and all with one bit.

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After initially being embarrassed, perhaps now I can be more candid. I purchased a Craftsman Professional Fixture used, it didn't' come with bushings or bits. I then tried to buy them from Sears with little results. I tried to make 1/4 inch box joints with the new plate and bushings ( seamed to fit well ) but result was pins 5/16- slots 1/4. I am now going to buy a 9/32 inch bit, I hope it solves the issue. Again sorry for being less than candid, didn't want to show my ignorance. I still believe a jig that comes with all needed and easy access to replacement bits is going to be better and less hassle. If this doesn't work I will sell it and purchased a new one bases on the input and research found in this forum. Steve
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Look in the Reference section here. You might find the manual you need.

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Jigs that use hand-held routers are designed to use a specific size of guide bushing, along with a specific size of bit. That combination provides the bushing/bit offset around which the template in the jig is designed. Unfortunately, there are no real standards that are followed by all jig manufacturers, so you have to find and read the specs or instructions.

Also, for any of these jigs to work accurately, the guide bushing needs to be centered precisely in the router base, so the bit is centered precisely in the guide bushing. Otherwise, any rotation of the router base in relation to the template will produce inaccuracies between cuts. Various accessories are available to help with this process - pins, pins with centering cones, etc.

Another option is to replace the original base plate with a more accurate third-party base plate. I use the Pat Warner Precision Base Plates for my routers:

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Hi

That's the neat thing about using router bits with the bearing on them, they are always dead on, the base/guide can be off by as much as 1/4" and the bearing will fix that error in a heart beat.

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