No.. I wanted it to work as "advertised" before I
started screwing around with "other" setting.
The Freud bit fixed the problem instantly.
If I get a chance this weekend, I plan on
taking a picture or two of the two bits in
action and the results.
The geometry of these jigs are a mystery
to me. I don't understand why "any" dovetail
bit wouldn't work with this jig.
The over all length of the bit certainly has
a bearing on what works and what doesn't.
The template are "set" to 1/2" so, I'm
not sure what happens if you use a smaller
I can't really say about the other jigs but
the other two Porter Cable jigs I own, use
pretty much garden variety dovetail bits.
When I spoke to their cust rep, he told me that
the entire jig was design "around" the 17/32"
There is some weird math design going on
with this jig design. Why choose a bit that
was very hard to locate when the jig was
initially released ?
What is so magic about a 17/32" bit ?
I'll never understand the design considerations
of a dovetail jig.
There are now "several" sources for the 17/32"
bit to my knowledge. Freud happens to be a favorite.
So what you're saying is that at the default depth setting the supplied
bit didn't work properly? Did you try raising the bit to loosen the joint?
According to the supplementary manual it will work with other bit sizes
as well. They specifically mention 17/32 at 7 and 14 degrees, 9/16 at 7
degrees, and 5/8 at 14 degrees. The only difference is the depth of cut.
The depth made no difference. The pins and tails
would not fit together properly without using a
Believe me, I tried every depth range
the bit was capable of cutting with the same
I believe the bit was made "undersized" and
combined with the template guide set, created
a half blind dovetail that would not fit together
The Freud bit proved that.
Chris Friesen wrote:
Well, I believe it. You said before you are an experienced jig user.
So if you can get the Freud to work, you would have been able to get
the PC work.
I am thinking that this is just another of a long series of missteps
in mid-range quality tool making.
"The old gray tools just ain't what they used to be,
Ain't what they used to be
Ain't what they used to be.'
Don't know about the jig per se, but a _very_ quick google found quite a
number of 17/32" dovetail bits from all the usual suspects--Whiteside,
Freud, MLCS, Grizzly, ..., as well as PC.
Hence, one can assume they're not _that_ unusual...
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