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Hi my name is Richard and I am just starting to get back into wood working and routing in paticular and I have been totally amazed and overwhelmed with what some of you people are doing with a router these days.

I don't have much in the line of tools right now ( check my profile ) but am hoping to be able to expand the list soon and get started making some serious sawdust.

I was thinking of starting by making some small to medium size Jewerly boxes but since I don't have a router table or table saw yet, I was looking for a standalone or benck mount jig to make small dovetail and box joints with. I have looked at the MLCS unit and it looks great but I seem to remember having stumbled on to another one while looking thru the forum that looked about the same and also was a bit less in price. I used one several years back that made both pieces at the same time and really didn't have much of any adjustment to it but was fine for doing small boxes no more than 6 to 8 inches high, but I can't remember what brand it was.

And thanks for all the information that the forum has already provided me with in just a few days of poking around. I can't wait to some space to fill up with more tools and half finshed projects.
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My perception is that jigs for hand-held routing come in two varieties - those that can do both through and half-blind, and thos which only do half-blind. I'm guessing you'll want through for your boxes.

The next division between jigs is spacing - fixed (most jigs), and variable (only a couple). Fixed-spacing jigs limit you to material dimensions that match with the spacing if you want symmetrical joints. The variable jigs (Leigh and Porter Cable (PC) OmniJig) allow you to design your own spacing. But, they are correspondingly more complex to use.

Personally, I use a PC 4200 (fixed-spacing) jig with both "normal" (1/2") and "mini" (1/4") templates. If I need variable spacing, I hand-cut them.

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Hi Richard

You don't need a table saw to make boxes ,you have a router and that's about all you need and a simple jig to put in dovetails, you can buy lumber in the size you want to use for the boxes ( 1/4",3/8",1/2" thick ) form HD/Lowes/good lumber outlets..don't forget a good sharp hand saw (rip and cross cut) will do the job most of the time..


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Hi my name is Richard and I am just starting to get back into wood working and routing in paticular and I have been totally amazed and overwhelmed with what some of you people are doing with a router these days.

I don't have much in the line of tools right now ( check my profile ) but am hoping to be able to expand the list soon and get started making some serious sawdust.

I was thinking of starting by making some small to medium size Jewerly boxes but since I don't have a router table or table saw yet, I was looking for a standalone or benck mount jig to make small dovetail and box joints with. I have looked at the MLCS unit and it looks great but I seem to remember having stumbled on to another one while looking thru the forum that looked about the same and also was a bit less in price. I used one several years back that made both pieces at the same time and really didn't have much of any adjustment to it but was fine for doing small boxes no more than 6 to 8 inches high, but I can't remember what brand it was.

And thanks for all the information that the forum has already provided me with in just a few days of poking around. I can't wait to some space to fill up with more tools and half finshed projects.



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Greetings Richard and welcome to the router forum. Thank you for joining us, and remember to have fun, build well and above all be safe.

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Ralph, I just took a look at the PC 4200 system and it seems to be just what I need as long as my Milwaukee takes the PC inserts. I really like that it does both dovetail and box joint in the larger and smaller sizes which I will need for most of what I lan on doing at first.

Thanks for the info.
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Ralph, I just took a look at the PC 4200 system and it seems to be just what I need as long as my Milwaukee takes the PC inserts. I really like that it does both dovetail and box joint in the larger and smaller sizes which I will need for most of what I lan on doing at first.

Thanks for the info.
Glad you found the PC 4200 info useful, Richard. It's a good machine for a wide variety of uses. For very small boxes, under 5" sides, let's say, you'll need to supplement the clamping, however. Or, you may find the jigs aimed at router-table use to be more convenient for the small ones.

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