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When using Porter Cable Dove Tail jig the pins are to tight. Internet search suggested sliding template forward to reduce pin size. After initially cutting the first pin side and then readjusting for fit I cut the 2nd side. It was to tight so I readjusted the template even more than for the first side. It worked but I am wondering why the difficulty and is this common to this jig Thanks for your input

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Spent the afternoon sitting and thinkin and then tryin. What I found out
1 Dove tail bit was set to deep, The bit depth needs to be even with bottom of board

2 move template away from operator to loosen

I sure made a lotta sawdust figuring it out

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Think of all the dovetailers you just helped out by posting...

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I have a similar jig, and the instructions were so arcane that I never really tried it and bought the Sommerfeld Katy Jig, which I find much easier to understand.

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I have the same one and it sat for several months before I even opened the box. I have not gotten past the half blinds yet.
And like you Bill, I have made a lot of saw dust but I finally think I have it.
By the way, I screwed a piece of 3/4 ply wood to the bottom of it to allow easier clamping to the edge of my bench.

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They are not straight forward. There are always some missing details.
Moreover, many of them do not hold the work pieces very well.
But, to be sure, if your material prep is sloppy (cupped, twisted, unequal thickness and widths e.g.) you'll have problems.
Maybe, before you ever start, you create 20-30 short, narrow clamp-able billets and spend the afternoon testing. That way you'll learn all about what they left out of their manuals.
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Actually, all of the instructions are there. However, it is just so frustrating to tweak the jig and get it right. They are like Mercury outboard motors, adjust one thing and you have to tweak several others. Once you hit the right combination (adjustments) they work OK. Pat is right...trial and error with a lot of test pieces...

Then switch form solid wood to plywood and you get to start all over, again!

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I also have one. I have been so frustrated with it that I haven't even looked at it in years. Now with everyone's advice here maybe I'll dig it out and try again.
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I also have one. I have been so frustrated with it that I haven't even looked at it in years. Now with everyone's advice here maybe I'll dig it out and try again.
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Anyone want my Rockler dovetail jig with dust collection?
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