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I'm a new comer to woodworking and this forum. My question has to do with the worth of the Incra dovetail jig. I don't see much about it in the web except what Incra uses to sell the product. I am having pretty good results with it but wonder what experienced woodworkers have to say about it. Did I make a mistake by purclhasing it.

Also since I am new and don't know my way around the forum yet, I don't know where I will find an answer to this question so I am giving you my e-mail address, you may not want to use that to help me but it's worth a try. The address is [email protected]

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Try searching on Incra.

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I've read all of Incra's stuff, I was hoping to hear from somebody other than Incra that has an independent opinion of the jig, but thisnks for writing. Jerry
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Jerry, if all you wanted an Incra for was making standard dovetails, then there are much easier and quicker systems available. But the Incra gives me very accurate ways to many other things as well. I use it as my primary router fence, period. Have used it for about 15 years and have not seriously considered using anything else. I do use auxiliary fences and such with it for certain uses such as raised panels.
I also occasionally move it to my table saw. I like it's flexibility, accuracy, and relative ease of use once you are familiar with it.
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As far as i'm concerened there is nothing more accurate than the Incra. I was a machinist for 30 years, so i kinda know what accurate is. If you just want to make simple dovetails, buy a jig. If you want to make beautiful decrative joints, go with the Incra.
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I have the Incra and many other tool/jigs to put dovetails in place ,the Incra is the last tool I would use ,after all I'm working with wood..many go over the deep end with accurate dovetails the wood is not dead and will move..


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I am a buyer of Incra when they first came out, and have a nasty, nasty inpression of them. BUT their fence will do what they advertise even with my Incra's dinosaur.In my case, it make just a very expensive and a limited router fence.
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I have had incra positioners for almost twenty years. You cannot get a better built or more accurate system but....there is a learning curve and you only get out of it what you put in. In terms of creativity the sky's the limit. If all you want is a quick system to make dovetails buy the MLCS Fast System. If you want more then you won't be sorry you spent the extra money for the Incra. It's up to you. I hope that helps you.
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Thanks for the comment Gary. I bought the jig and other over a year ago and have been doing a lot of practice and havre not actually finished a real project yet, I do have several sort of finished project that I am using in the shop to keep odds and ends in. I have conversed extensiviely with Mark Mueller at Incra and he has a great help.

So far, you are the only person independent from Incra that has made a comment on the jug. I am not an experienced woodworker or a machinsist, but I do appreciate accuracy. I spent several year in Precision Benchrest Shooting and in that endeavor one swages his own bullets, I am not talking about hand loading which one does too, but making really good bullets requires working in .0001", so I am familiar with the importance of accurcy and like to work with accurate tools. I have found, at least so far believe that it is difficult to cut wood as accuracy as one might cut metal. By that I mean, that with the fence locked on the table saw it is difficult for at least to cut two workpieces that are really the same length. They are fine for wood working, but never are really the same length and will vary by a few thousandths of an inch, certainly now what one would expect when working with metal.

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m very happy with the Incra tools and since I have had no experience with anything else I had no way to make comparisons. So far, most of the replys to my question have been positive and encouraging, only one peson seemed to be in happy with Incra, but not necessarily with their tools.

Thanks for taking time to write back to me on this matter.

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