Also, some have the capacity to make rabbeted dovetails, which create a lipped drawer front. Plus tips, advice, and special offers from Fine Woodworking. I found that a small, shop-made gauge block makes this initial setup much easier. wide.

Eleven gifts for around $10 that any woodworker would be happy to get. Make Fine Woodworking a part of your holiday. General International 40-010 Dovetail Fixture, Woodstock International H0983 Dovetail Jig, Workshop Tip: For perfect mortises, upgrade your edge guide, Build A Shooting Board that Handles 5 Jobs, Tool Review: MicroJig ZeroPlay 360 Sled Kit, Williamsburg saw sharpening vise–with plan, Tool review: EZtension Bandsaw Tension Gauge, Complete Illustrated Guide to Woodworking USB, From the Editor: Publishing during a pandemic, Save 56% off the magazine newsstand price. Our biweekly podcast allows editors, authors, and special guests to answer your woodworking questions and connect with the online woodworking community. All of these jigs are capable of making joints on stock up to 12 in. half-blind dovetail joint in the same way. Check the specs to see which templates are standard and which are available as accessories. Many offer alternate templates for cutting finger joints or sliding dovetails.

This is accomplished on some jigs by adjusting a rear fence that the router base butts up to at the end of each cut. It is also the only system that uses a 1/2-in.-shank router bit, which offers less vibration that 1/4-in.-shank bits. In Fine Woodworking #187, Tim Albers evaluated the 13 most versatile router dovetail jigs on the market that can produce through-dovetails and variably-spaced pins and tails. On other jigs the length of the groove is set by the front-to-back location of the template. It is well-engineered and manufactured, it is very easy to set up for several types of joints, and it has excellent instructions. On all of the jigs the height of the router bit determines the tightness of the finished joint, and the height must be adjusted exactly to the value specified for each jig. This Porter-Cable dovetail jig is for those who like accuracy in work and is ready to expend a few more bucks for a superior quality power tool. Simple, versatile design excels for trimming end, edge, and face grain.

Porter-Cable 4210 Dovetail Jig: Rockler 62525 Dovetail Jig: Woodhaven 7500 Dovetail Jig: Woodstock International H0983 Dovetail Jig: Woodtek 122-471 Dovetail Jig: Generally, setup is straight forward Because both parts of the joint are cut in one pass, the pins board must be offset from the tails board by 1/2 in. Get woodworking tips, expert advice and special offers in your inbox. increments. Some allow variable spacing of the pins and tails. Others are very wide for dovetailing deep carcases. Steve Fikar's space-saving mobile support can handle big jobs, too.

My clear choice for the Best Overall award is the Porter-Cable 4210. The real differences between the jigs involve workpiece capacity, special features, and, most importantly, the ease of setup and use.
Become an UNLIMITED member and get it all: searchable online archive of every issue, how-to videos, Complete Illustrated Guide to Woodworking digital series, print magazine, e-newsletter, and more. The second difference is that the 4126 is complemented with a 4215 template to cater to miniature through joints, half-blind dovetail joints, and small box joints. We have created these special content collections organized to give you a deep dive into a range of topics that matter. PORTER-CABLE 4210 Dovetail Jig. The 1/2-in. For this Web-based feature, I evaluated the simplest, most affordable, dovetail jigs — seven in all — which cut half-blind dovetails with fixed spacing, on workpieces that are 12 in. Since there are at least 20 different jigs on the market, the editors of Fine Woodworking decided to split them into two groups. Chris Schwarz has worked out of his tool chests for decades, and finds them to be the perfect combination of protection, access, and flexibility. The seven jigs I evaluated cut the basically the same 1/2-in. Fred Sotcher is a woodworker in San Jose, Calif. Sign up for eletters today and get the latest techniques and how-to from Fine Woodworking, plus special offers. Three jigs stand out © 2020 The Taunton Press, Inc. All rights reserved. The Porter-Cable 4212 is not as expensive as the 4216. Workpieces must be clamped and unclamped often, so it is critical that the stops, fences, templates, and workpieces are easy to set in their proper position, and that they stay there. Because both parts of the joint are cut in one pass, the pins board must be offset from the tails board by 1/2 in. 2. Also worth a closer look is the Woodhaven, which offers unique features that could be especially useful to some woodworkers: it uses a bearing-guided bit that works on any router (as opposed to the template guide bushings on other systems), and it can be used in the inverted position on a router table. Rockler Porter-Cable Dovetail Jig Replacement Router Bit - 13/32" Dia x 1" H x 1/2" Shank . Generally, setup is straight forward

I teach quite a bit and this wall cabinet is probably one of my favorite things to teach. dimension refers to the uniform width of each pin and tail. It's not that big of a piece, but it packs in a…, Chris Gochnour's sideboard combines usefulness, strength, and beauty in a contemporary case piece.

On some jigs the offset guides for the pins and tails boards are a single unit; on others they must be adjusted individually, which is fussier. UNLIMITED Membership is like taking a master class in woodworking for less than $10 a month. In general this means sticking to widths in 1-in. For Best Value, my choice is the Rockler jig.

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As for securing the jig itself, I prefer mounting it on a piece of plywood and clamping that to the bench, rather than drilling holes in my work surface. Rockler 7° Dovetail Router Bit for Porter-Cable 4210 and 4212 Dovetail Jigs - 17/32" Dia x 3/4" H x 1/2" Shank . wide or less. Enter now for your chance to win more than $2,000 worth of woodworking equipment from Woodpeckers. Add to Cart. Also, keep in mind that some packages include the bits and template guide bushings in the base price; other don’t. 99.

Rating Review: 5 stars out of 5. Click for full details. There is a wide variety of router jigs designed for cutting dovetails. 1 Review $ 17. However certain widths will produce a more attractive joint, with symmetrical half-pins at each end. On two jigs, the guides are completely fixed, so you must stick to just a few very precise stock widths in order to get symmetrical joints. Also because both sides are cut in one pass, the length of the grooves between the pins must be set correctly for the joint to end up flush.