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Good day gents. I am trying to decide which toy, I mean tool, I should purchase next. I would like to purchase a dovetail jig but keep the budget at around 200.00. I see porter cable models on Amazon in this price range and they do seem to have decent reviews.
Maybe I should back up a bit. I am new to the whole router thing but have sprung for a decent router table on CL, seems decent enough, list price was
600.00 but picked it up for 65.00, never had been used and came with a really
Nice fence . Over the last year I have become semi proficient but still have a long way to go. Rout her is a DW 618 fixed NAS with a plunge base as well.
I would like to start making my own cabinets and Drawers And would love a good dovetail jig to help me out, I know I can't afford the high end models. But do as a good many in the 200> range. Is the MLCS DOVETAIL JIG MASTERY SET Decent Or Would i be Better Off With Something Like The Porter Cable 4216?
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Robert, I can't say for sure, but I bought one (I think Porter Cable) back a few years ago, and I've never used it and I don't think I ever will!! So, if you are interested, I may be willing to sell it. I'll have to look at it tonight, and I'll post some pictures (I'm at work, now.), and look and see what I paid for it and see how much I would be willing to let it go for. I know I bought a couple additional size plates to go with it. I don't have the original box, but everything else is there. I'll get it all together tonight and post a pick of it. I think it had a video also, on how to use it.
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Thanks N'awlins77. Would appreciate it. Out of curiosity, based on your name I assume you are from the 504 area. Born in Morgan City but grew up on the north shore myself. Live in P'cola area now.


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Thanks N'awlins77. Would appreciate it. Out of curiosity, based on your name I assume you are from the 504 area. Born in Morgan City but grew up on the north shore myself. Live in P'cola area now.


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Born, Raised and will DIE in 504!! LOL Cool, yea I work in Morgan City sometimes, and go through if a lot on my way to Lafayette! And also work on the North Shore! I've got a Sister in law that lives in the P'cola area!
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I have the PC 4212(?) works well. I haven't used it a whole lot but it does make good joints without much skill.

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Most of my family lives in the Mandeville, Covington area. Anyway, if you get the pics uploaded and everything looks cool I'm sure we can work something out.


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Amazing, I was able to find everything!! Kind of had everything a bit scattered. But anyway, Robert, as I said before, I never used this once. I did mount the jig on a piece of timber, and had all intentions of at least playing around with it, one day. But just never did. And don't think I'll every be interested. I built all my cabinets for my kitchen, and the drawers, I used my faithful Pocket Hole jig.

As the pictures will show you, I have the Combo Dovetail Jig, the dust collector, 3 dovetail bits, Distinctive Template Style A and Distinctive Template Style C, 1/2 to 8mm collet adaptor, 7/16 guide bushing and the 8 page book. The A & C plates were sold separately.

As you can see on the last pick (yep, still had the invoice, from 2012), I paid 195.17. I'll let it go for $175.00. +shipping. As you will see and can see in the pics, I never opened the bag to the two additional templates I bought. And the 3 pits and the collet still has the cosmoline on them.

And if Robert decides to pass, this offer is to anyone that might be interested. I could use the room in my tool chest!! ;o)
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So the PC412 looks like a 12" jig. It seems to work ok for you OTtow?


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And Robert, to be exact, I live on Bestbank of the Mississippi, in Marrero! Just a hope skip and jump for N'awlins! LOL
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I just recently purchased the same combination of items from Rockler. However I did not purchase the additional two Style A and Style C Templates. For everything else I paid $162.00. So with the two Templates I believe that is a very fine deal.
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