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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 05-27-2012, 10:27 PM Thread Starter
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Default Which dovetail jig?

I'm looking at buying a Leigh or maybe Porter Cable dovetail jig (those happen to be at Woodworkers Suppyl). I haven't done dovetails before and was looking for input. I don't mind spending good money for a good tool and have found that, you get what you pay for, especially these days. In my experience with tools (and everything else) that if you don't buy the best, you are buying crap. Any thoughts?
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Sommerfeld tools has a great Katie Jig available for $239.00 that works very well.
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Leigh jigs do what they say they will do and to a very high accuracy level. I'm very happy with my FMT Pro and D4R jigs. They were expensive, but I wasted money buying cheaper alternatives for both before I finally bought the Leigh jigs.

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Default Never did dovetails before either

I have just finished putting together a complete PC 4200 12 inch dovetail jig. I bought it in pieces because of money availability even though it was a little more expensive.

I have to say that I am very happy with the performance I have seen so far. I have done a couple of small projects with blind dovetails and a couple of projects with box joints. I consider these projects "practice" and am happy that they still came out looking very good.

I can't complain.
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I just bought the jig that Rockler sells. I haven't used it yet so I can't give you any feedback. It does seem like a decent piece of equipment.
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I have the Porter Cable 4216 jig that is simple to operate without a very steep learning curve, which is good for anybody that is partially brain dead like I am.

Seriously though the PC 4212 or 4216 jig is a nice jig and will serve anybody very well and for the cost is well worth it due to the wide range of plain and decorative dovetails and box joints it will produce. It really is very easy to set up and operate with a couple of practice runs.The one thing that is almost required with the PC 4200 series dovetail jig is the supplemental instruction booklet that is free from several places on the net. I will even post a downloadable PDF copy if asked.

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Be sure to look at AKEDA jigs. They are comparable in price to Liegh and easier to set up and use IMHO.

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I've got the the PC 4212 and as noted above it is pretty to use. There is a manual online that is a lot easier to understand in my opinion. I printed it out and put in 3 ring binder in my shop. I am very satisfied with mine.
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I have a Leigh D24 and love it. I mostly use it for through dovetails. It allows me to make perfect dovetails all day long, any size or spacing......
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I use the Keller system my self which i got from 3DWoodworkingStore.com but i bought the setup w/ 3- 15" parts for a total of 45" of cut
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