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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-06-2012, 08:27 PM Thread Starter
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i am considering getting a dovetail jig would you go with porter cable or leigh or something else also a 12in 18in or 24in one
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i am considering getting a dovetail jig would you go with porter cable or leigh or something else also a 12in 18in or 24in one
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We've discussed this subject many times before on this forum. It might be best if you did a search for "Dovetail Jig" on this site and read the posts before asking your question, as you will likely find that all of your questions have already been answered here.

You will generally get what you pay for when buying a dovetail jig. With this I'm saying that the better, more expensive jigs will produce more accurate dovetails with less set up difficulties. You will also need to know what you will be making, as some dovetail jigs will do through, half blind, and sliding dovetails and some will only do one or two of these. Adjustable finger jigs will let you create variable joint patterns while fixed finger jigs will limit you to only one joint pattern. Making a good dovetail joint is a multi-step process and all of the steps must be made correct or the joint won't fit together. A very well written user's manual and an easy to understand video for the jig that you buy is an absolute "must have" to achieve success too. There is a significant learning curve for making good dovetails with a router no matter which jig you buy. The good manual and video will shorten this learning curve considerably.

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Brent, all of the dovetail jigs work. Many are the style shown here: Dovetail Machine

The HF model is just priced less than the same jig from other sources.

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Brent's points are right on! I did hours of research in determining which Jig to buy. I wanted a jig which would provide me with ease of use (some can be very complicated), and variety in they types of joints. I wanted accuracy and flexibility (more than just a jig). After looking at Leigh and Porter Cable (excellent products), and others, I chose the INCRA LS Positioner (17"). I recommend you look at Youtube presentations of the various types of machines. INCRA has 3 videos which demonstrate it's product.
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I meant CharleyL's points....sorry for the confusion.
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this is the one i use and it has only 2 set up's and cut's the tales and pin's just turning the jig around. This jig will give you perfect every time no fiddleing around on this one. I use two router's and two table's. I bought the two ryobi's with table's for $100.00 each not bad, i leve the bit's in all the time, of course i cut dovetale's all the time, i make jewelery box's for craft show's, so i make lot's of them, this is the easest jig to use if you are going to cut's lot's of dovetales, I have had mine i gurss 5 yrs or so now here is the link for this one , I have the A10

The Japan Woodworker Catalog - Gifkins Dovetail and Box Jig

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