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December 11, 2017

How To Choose A Dovetail Jig

Porter cable 4216 Dovetail Jig

How to choose a dovetail jig is one of the most common questions facing woodworkers. One thing that most woodworkers can agree on is that a dovetail joint is one of the most attractive joints around, plus it’s incredibly strong. It’s generally regarded as the mark of quality workmanship. However, if you’ve ever tried cutting one by hand, you’ll know it’s also one of the most difficult. Luckily, a dovetail jig makes it easy to cut perfect dovetail joints.

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Setting Up A Dovetail Jig For Perfect Dovetails

Porter Cable 4216 Dovetail Jig

Setting up a dovetail jig for perfect dovetails is a problem that many woodworkers encounter when they first start to use a dovetail jig. As you become more experienced it gets more intuitive, but to begin with it can seem as if you’re never going to get it right. With a router and a dovetail jig you can cut perfectly-fitting dovetail joints easily – just so long as the dovetail jig is set up properly in the first place.

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How To Choose The Best Dovetail Jig For Your Project

Porter Cable Omnijig Variable Finger Template

IN ORDER to decide which is the best dovetail jig for your woodworking projects, it’s necessary to first decide which types of dovetail joints you want to cut, because not all the jigs can cut all the joints. That means you need to think about your project and decide if you want both through and […]

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Dovetail Joints and When To Use Them

Through dovetail

A Dovetail Joint consists of a series of tightly fitting, interlocking pins and tails used to join two boards together with the most common everyday example being in drawer construction. Traditionally cut by hand, hand-cut dovetails require a high degree of precision to ensure a tight fit, and so require great skill as well as […]

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Hand Cut Dovetail Joints

You may be asking yourself why do you need a dovetail jig anyway? And the answer is, if you’re as good as this guy, then you probably don’t. I get the feeling though that he’s probably done this once or twice before. It’s easy when you know how … It’s easy to appreciate the satisfaction […]

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Porter Cable 4216 vs Porter Cable 4212 vs Porter Cable 4210

Porter cable 4216 Dovetail Jig

Porter Cable’s most popular dovetail jigs are all in their 4200 range. Top of the range is the Porter Cable 4216, the 4212 is the mid-range jig and the 4210 is their entry-level dovetail jig. So how do you decide which one is best for you? All three jigs share the same base unit and the difference between them comes down to the finger templates included with the jig.

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Dovetail Jig Templates – Fixed vs Variable

Leigh D4R guide fingers

A major decision to make when choosing a dovetail jig is between one with a fixed finger template and one with a variable (or adjustable) finger template. Variable finger jigs mean you can customize the look of the dovetail joint in any way that you want, to produce unique designs. Fixed finger jigs are easier to setup and use, and are much less expensive but produce very uniform joints which many people think look too machine-cut. Find out which one is best for you.

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