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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 04-30-2016, 10:29 PM Thread Starter
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Default Keller Jig ?

I am in the mix of building a few jigs but using Katie and Keller jig components.

One thing I am confused on with the Keller jig is that it seems to set the tails and pins differently (then I am use to) . The tails hold half tails instead of the pin board showing half pins.

It seems to be their set up which also confuses me a bit. If I just center the board to the center of the jig the tail board lines up correct (like Incra) and if I do the same with the pin board , center it to the jig, then as long as I do not cut out the overhanging pins I get a half pin on each side.

Why would Keller not just center the boards to the jig and make the cuts and half half pins? Why offset the center mark and create a half tail on each side and the need to scribe the pins?

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I don't have a KJ but saw a demo and I think they are trying to simulate the way you set up hand cut DTs. Seemed pretty natural at the time. Almost bought one. I think you can line it up anyway you want - half tails, half pins. It's up to you. By not using bushings, you see exactly where the cut will be. [edit:] forgot to say - They cut the tails first and then scribe to aid aligning the template for the pins. This should yield a pretty well aligned joint.

I see pros and cons to their approach. It shines because there is so little set up and you align just like cutting by hand. (I really dislike having to do the offset thing on other jigs). On the other hand, they use top guide bearing bits (no bushings) which, I think, means fewer purchase options. It's also cool that you can invert it and use a router table (good for small boxes). They claim no test cuts needed (a huge plus) but I'm a lil skeptical of that.
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I have the Stots/Milescraft templatemaster. Very similar to the Keller, for through dovetails. It is very easy to setup. Once the template is set on the block, you are done. You can add T-tracks, hold downs, stops, etc.The depth of cut is also easy to set. As Phil pointed out, you can line it up any way you like. So far I have been very pleased with it.

I have cut dovetails on the table, and freehand with this fixture. Small pieces are easier on the table, where as longer pieces are easier cutting freehand with the stock held in a vise.

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