infinitley variable spacing
Router supported both sides
Set up time
I obviously like each as I own them.
It's a matter of choice:
Dozuki or Dovetail or gents saw. (my $25 dozuki gets almost all my dovetail duties,
however, my Adria dovetail saw looks REALLY nice). Vanilla or Chocolate?
Check out your options, look at whats available, talk to people that own one or both.
In all honesty the best dovetail machine is Frank Klaus. Whatch his video, he is an
The Harbor Freight, Rockler, Woodstock and others market this same
blue dovetail jig with very slight modifications. Woodstock has a
very good manual on their website. Out of the box, you have to push
the clamps either forward or back (back or in the direction the cam
pushes the clamp is the best) to justify it or you will get variations
in the results. Sometimes you feel that you need 3 or 4 hands to
accomplish this well. You need to be sure that you do the setup with
the clamp justified in the same direction. Even the Woodstock manual
seems to neglect discussing this. It also neglects to tell you that,
being fixed in spacing, you can't get a consistant half pin at both
the top and bottom of the drawer for all drawer dimensions.
I built some alignment pins in my jig to make it easier to use and not
have to go to this trouble, but it involves some time.
firstname.lastname@example.org (Eric Anderson) wrote in
I gave mine away to someone more patient than I, after I kept dropping
finely milled stock onto the shop floor, and dinging up the corners.
That was better than flinging into the street, cursing, which seemed at the
time to be the other reasonable option.
Life's too short for cheap, poorly designed tools. If you can't afford one
of the better built jigs, even if it is one of these types, then cutting
DTs by hand is probably the better option. But the Porter Cable version of
this tool is well made, as are other similar designs.
The blue jig really doesn't save time or money.
The Incra jig is great for dovetails.
It is easy enough to use if you take the trouble to learn how to use it (which
is not rocket science).
Great for anything requiring incremental positioning.
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