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thinking about purchasing a porter cable dovetail jig. I am looking at the 16" porter cable omni jig vs. the 24" p.c. omni jig. Trying to decide which is the better buy. I think by biggest concern is building drawers only, it leads to the 16" unit. The 24" would be for drawers and bigger items such as chests. (I do not make that many).
The 16" is cheaper, but do not want to sacrifice $$ for quality.

Any thoughts on this would be appreciated.
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If you are never going to make boxes with dovetails on all 4 corners the 16" jig will probable do just fine. If you ever want to make boxes with all 4 corners dovetailed you will need to set up right and left handed patterns, and having a jig that is over 2X the width of your boards will allow you to set up one end fro right patterns and the other end for the left patterns. You can only really appreciate this need by experiencing it. Trying to do this with 2 setups on a narrower jig can be done, but it's very difficult to get everything to come out right.

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I have the 24" model. It's bullet proof. I mean it is armor piercing bulletproof.
I also have the leigh D4. The PC is way far heftier.
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If you are never going to make boxes with dovetails on all 4 corners the 16" jig will probable do just fine. If you ever want to make boxes with all 4 corners dovetailed you will need to set up right and left handed patterns, and having a jig that is over 2X the width of your boards will allow you to set up one end fro right patterns and the other end for the left patterns. You can only really appreciate this need by experiencing it. Trying to do this with 2 setups on a narrower jig can be done, but it's very difficult to get everything to come out right.

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Thank-you Charley on the dovetail jig info. It will now make it easier to decide on the size of the unit, if I so chose to buy.

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