I pulled the trigger on the PC 4216 Combo Kit for $185 after tax (Looks like it has gone up since buying it a couple days ago) from Home Depot. I might have the opportunity to pick up one of the other jigs up locally pretty much brand new for around $450. My issue is the price difference worth it to get one of the other units. I have no issue returning the PC 4216 to store if need be once I get it.
I do plan on getting a biscuit/plate joiner and want to know if its that difficult to do dovetails say doing two 12" boards and using biscuits to join them? Or should I just get the larger jig for over twice as much? The issues that worried with me with the 24" Leigh and the Omnijig is the fingers over time will no longer tighten correctly even after replacing them.
The sliding fingers don't seem too difficult to understand or set up but I am just worried about for the money having them wear down over time and not staying where I set them at with continued use. . To anyone that does have a 12" dovetail is it that much of a headache or difficult to dovetail two seperate boards and then biscuit them together?
If its pretty easy to accurately join two dovetailed boards together I am probably not going to worry about it and stick with my initial purchase. Just after reading some reviews the complaint of warn out fingers/bar seems to be a legit concern.
Here is what comes with what I ordered. Porter-Cable 12 in. Deluxe Dovetail Jig Combination Kit-4216 - The Home Depot
Includes template 4211 for half-blind, rabbeted half-blind and sliding dovetails
Includes template 4213 for through dovetails and box joints
Includes template 4215 for miniature through and half-blind dovetails and miniature box joints
Template alignment lines and router bit depth gauges allow quick, easy setup
Router bit depth gauges allow quick and accurate setting of bit depths without measuring
On-board instructions provide clear guidance for applications
Machined aluminum template provides superior cutting accuracy and long-term durability
No assembly required; clamps or bolts directly to work bench
Accommodates stock from 1/4 in. to 1-1/8 in. thick
Heavy-duty cam-type clamps with sandpaper-backed locking bars provide firm grip of wood
Includes: Half-Blind/Sliding Dovetail Template (model 4211), Through Dovetail/Box Joint Template (model 4213), Miniature Template (model 4215), Four Router Bits (models 43776pc, 43743pc, 43014pc, 43777pc), Four Template Guides (models 42037, 42040, 42046 and 42054), Two Lock Nuts, Wrench and Operating Manual