The response to my question last evening indicates that this is the
place to begin.
I am considering the purchase of a Dovetail Joint Jig. I already own a
set of Dovetail Bits with a 1/2 in shank. Every Jig I have seen this
far comes with a 1/4 in shank dovetail bit and a 1/2 in template
adapter. Is it worth my while to look for a Jig which I can use my 1/2
in shank bits in? Or will it be an Industrial size one which is far
larger than I need? Or should I throw in the towel and accept the I
can't use the bits I have and get a jig with the smaller bit? I am just
getting into this so this may seem like a REALLY
elementary question. I apologize in advance.
No need to apologize. It's REC.woodworking.
So, Richard, what do you want to build? How many DT's do you want to cut?
Through, half-blind, or some of the more specialized ones? Do you already
own a good router, or is it one of the weekend warrior, less than US$100
kind from the local home center?
Buying a dovetail jig to match a set of bits you have seems a little like
choosing a truck, because you were given a set of snow tires by a family
member. You MAY not end up with what you really needed or wanted, in order
to save really very few bucks.
Dovetail jigs run from cheap/useful/limited function to
expensive/versatile/industrial quality. A Google search of the
rec.woodworking archives will reveal many good, but personal, insights.
You'll also find quite a few folks who believe that cutting them by hand
builds character, craftsmanship and points with discriminating observers.
That may be true, but if you're trying to build a kitchen full of drawers
in your spare time after work, a jig looks mighty helpful.
Most dovetail jugs use 1/4" or 8MM shank sizes to accomodate the space
between the fingers of the jig. In addition to the bit, a guide collar
is also needed, preventing the use of the larger-diameter bit shanks.
I do not recall ever seeing a dovetail jig that would use the
I own two Porter Cable jigs...
The "cheap version" and the Omnijig(the very heavy duty version)
and they both use either the 1/2" or 1/4" dovetail bit with no
problem. The same guide collar is ALWAYS used in dovetail jigs
regardless of bit size.
Tom Hintz wrote:
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