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Just got a harber freight dove tail jig, it has a 1/2 " comb, when i rout the two
sides, the tail is 1/2 in and the pin is 5/8 in, now tell me how a 5/8 in pin
can fit in a 1/2 in tail ? there instruction book leaves alot to be desired!
if any body can shed a little light on this problem it is much appreciated .
Thanks for any and all help Bill
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Hi Bill

Can't be the HF dovetail jig cut both parts at the same time, but you must use the brass/steel guide..read the manual one more time..

If you don't get it pickup the jig below it's a easy jig to use and setup at the same price as the HF one..many of the users of the HF jig have a error lining up the boards right but the jig below makes it easy.
The real key to this jig is to reset the jig so the pins are a bit longer see video//...part two.
http://www.generaltools.com/Newsroom...al-Videos.aspx
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http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=34102

http://www.harborfreight.com/manuals...4999/34102.PDF
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Just got a harber freight dove tail jig, it has a 1/2 " comb, when i rout the two
sides, the tail is 1/2 in and the pin is 5/8 in, now tell me how a 5/8 in pin
can fit in a 1/2 in tail ? there instruction book leaves alot to be desired!
if any body can shed a little light on this problem it is much appreciated .
Thanks for any and all help Bill



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re-reading the manual on it has confirmed the fact I want to get it and try it out the next time I can get my Wife to take leave of Her senses and go to Harbor Freight and spend tons of money on me. It is a rare happening, but we have been to Harbor Freight 4 times now and half the trips She was not Her normal stingy self (not that I am any less stingy most of the time) Just used to what happened in two trips normally taking 6 months to 2 years to be purchased.
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Hi! Bill the HF manual is not written very well, a better manual for the same jig is from Woodstock international which also sells all of the templates for that jig both dovetail and box, hope this helps.
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Just got a harber freight dove tail jig, it has a 1/2 " comb, when i rout the two
sides, the tail is 1/2 in and the pin is 5/8 in, now tell me how a 5/8 in pin
can fit in a 1/2 in tail ?
A really big hammer will do it.

Here's the Woodstock manual.
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Speaking of frequent visits to HF, check some of your magazines and clip the HF coupons for in-store stock items. I saved 20% on some stuff recently. I'm so cheap they have my picture next to the word in the dictionary!
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We have multiple 20% off coupons plus coupons for individual items when we go. Just make more than 1 or 2 trips through the store. Slickdeals has a thread with a wiki dedicated to the most recent coupons and ads posted in magazines. Last I checked it was in a lot of magazines, but came down to about 7 basic ads. There are the links to the ad pages of a lot of the magazines so you can print them out and harbor freight will accept the printed versions...or did for my Wife.
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Just got a harber freight dove tail jig, it has a 1/2 " comb, when i rout the two
sides, the tail is 1/2 in and the pin is 5/8 in, now tell me how a 5/8 in pin
can fit in a 1/2 in tail ? there instruction book leaves alot to be desired!
if any body can shed a little light on this problem it is much appreciated .
Thanks for any and all help Bill
hi Bill:

You have the standard multi-branded dovetail jig. At least the one in the catalog looks complete and the price ain't bad.

The shopfox manual (Woodstock) is one of the better ones. BusyBee manual is the best though. Something though, make sure you go down one side of the template and up the other side. The template slot is wider than the guide and you have to use both sides of the guide to get the correct size of pin and tail.

http://busybeetools.com/manuals/CT052.pdf

No matter which manual, they all require experimentation and tweaking. I don't know about the Harbour Freight manual so I would say to follow the BusyBee one.

Thanks I'll adjust my notes accordingly.

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A really big hammer will do it.

Here's the Woodstock manual.



All Harbor Freight tools should come with a big hammer, preferably a sledge.

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All Harbor Freight tools should come with a big hammer, preferably a sledge.
For hitting your self on the head for buying it? I've been lucky so far and only disliked the corner clamps I got from them. Happy with the dust collector for the price and satisfied for now with the plunge router (only 1/4") and no problems with a lot of other stuff I have bought going back to the alidade transit I got back last fall to help do the fencing since an actual modern tool to do it was out of the budget after buying all the fence panels and we work way to slow to have a rental be of use (sometimes it was one pole a night unless dad helped and then it might be two because of all of the rocks in our backyard's so-called soil)
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