PC 42xx setup shortcut?
For you PC dovetail jig users out there...
It didn't take me too long to get good with my 4216. Not great, but functional. I've had two issues that bothered me from the start though:
1. It's tough for me to see the depth setting stop no matter where i put a light. I've always been off just a tick.
2. I mill most of my own stock, and use a lot of 3/8" to 1/2" thicknesses--and always forget about the need for "same thickness" material for set-up/backing up the cuts. So...i end up struggling to get short cut-offs to clamp correctly on top of the base.
Working on a box Saturday, i marked my cut depth on the stock using the adjacent side pieces. Clamped it in, set the cut depth to the line and was dead-on in much less time than normal. Got thinking about it later--the only reason for same thickness stock is to be able to set the depth on the templates. By marking my depth on the stock and setting depth that way, it seems that the backer could be any thickness (so long as it is at least as thick as the cut, and not thicker than the maximum)--eliminating the need for milling excess material to a specific dimension.
Have any of you tried that? Seems like it should work, and i could use long scrap of 3/4" hardwood and just trim the last 1/4" after each project instead of milling away half of it for each job. What do you think?