Does anyone have the Jet 709060 12" Dovetail Jig? I'm looking at buying a
jig and getting into dovetails. I read some reviews on it and most everyone
said the instructions are lacking, but once you have the bit depth right, it
is a great tool for the price. Please let me know your experiences with
this jig or any others that are comparable in features.
I was all set to the the smaller PC one, but then I saw the Jet. Does the
PC jig clamp fairly well? Based on the picture of it, it looks as though
you screw the clamps down. Does it get tight enough to hold the stock?
Thanks for replying Bill.
I just screwed it to a board, and then clamp the board to the table. The
board stays on the jig.
The Jet is identical the Harbor Freight jigs. I wasn't too impressed
with it's setup.
You can get the same jig as the PC from Hartville tool. They also sell
templates for box joints that will fit the PC (or theirs, same difference)
http://www.hartvilletool.com/product.php?search_id 378 .
i just purchased the porter cable jig,and i think it's great.it took me about
45 minutes from opening the box to final assembly,then about 15 minutes to fine
tune the setup,and then i dovetailed 6 drawers in about 15 minutes time.worked
very well,and only cost me 89$ at the neighborhood home depot.even comes with
it's own template guide,and high speed porter cable dovetail jig.
"Ticking away the moments that make up a dull day,fritter and waste the
hours in an offhand way......"
The Jet is a great jig. Beware of some of the cheaper look alikes. Some of
them have plastic templates while the Jet and others have aluminum. Some of
the cheaper jigs do look alot like the Jet but if you ever compare them up
close there are some differences. Mainly knobs and clamping mechanisms.
If you want a fool-proof jig that is fast and unlimited get the Keller
Jig. It cuts through dovetails. Once you set the jig onto its backing
block - a one time assembly - you will be cutting dovetails in less
than a minute. All you do is clamp the board in a vise or workmate,
set the jig and backing block on top of the board, position it where
you want it, clamp it to the board and start your router. I have been
looking at jigs for two years and when I saw this demoed there was no
reason to wait any longer. I can do things that other jigs cannot do
- it can dovetail any width board. Keller has a website - check it
I'm going through the same tradeoff analysis. My favortie dovetail jig
so far is the Akeda jig which is temporarily out of production due to
a fire. Production is expected to resume soon, in a month or so. It is
my favorite because of the dust collection. You can also find a
comparison chart on the Akeda web page. It's reasonably fair....
Leigh jigs are considered the top end. However, unless you make
dovetails daily, it's too complicated (for me, at least).
A comparison between Leigh and Akeda is here:
The Incra precision fennces anf the similar ones from JoinTech are als
capable of doing dovetails. The nice thing about this approcah si that
there's lot's of other "stuff" the machine can do.
Incra -- http://www.woodpeck.com/lshome.html
JoinTech -- http://www.jointech.com /
Ditto for the Woodrat and Little Rat: http://www.woodrat.com/
If you like the Keller jig, then the Woodhaven jig may also be of
interest - it uses Keller templates.
I also like the katie Jig: http://katiejig.com /
There's a good Dovetail jig article in Fine Woodworking:
You can also do dovetails with a bandsaw and chisel or just a chisel.
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