Hello, and Craftsman 25790 info
I'm new to this forum. Read a lot of threads and it sounds like you're a great bunch of folks so I decided to join. BTW, happy belated Thanksgiving to all.
I came across this group when I was doing a google search to locate a copy of a manual for my dovetail jig. I never did find the manual online, but I did find my own hardcopy. So, if any has a use for a copy of a manual for a craftsman 25790, let me know and I'll scan it and send it to you.
I also have a bunch of questions about dovetail jigs in general that I formed when trying to use my jig for the first time two days ago.
My first question is about the 25790. I swear I followed the instructins to a tee but found the dovetail came out wrong. In paricular, it seems the spacers which position the actual template are not correct. I attempted a half blind and found it cut into the front piece too far. I had to use additional washers to push the template out further so the joint would be correct. Anyone have any advice about this?
My second question is a little more generic. When i look at my directions for doing a rabbetted half blind, I have to do it in two steps, first the side piece and then the top piece. This is to give a chance to reposition the template backwrds so that the cut will be far enough back to compensate for the rabbett. It seems to me the process could be done in a single step if the fingers on the template were cut deeper, no? Are all jigs designed this way?
My third question is about bits. I understand that if you use a craftsman jig, you must use a craftsman bit. Is the same true for other brands or do they use some industry stndard?
Thats it for now. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.