I used the Harbor Freight Dovetail Jig and found it lacking in instructions
I could follow. Mechanically, it looks the same as the more expensive
Rockler, et al stuff. Hope we see some detailed instructions on how best to
Which bit and collar is as important as which router. From what I can
I have the HF machine which seems to be the same machine at a lower
price but with a poorer manual. It is kinda flimsy. This makes it hard
to reproduce results because any force shifts the router guide. I have
made some nice dovetails with it, but it isn't easy. If I had it to do
over, I'd choose a better quality jig. A lot of my life has gone this
way. Thickness adjustments are no problem. A light, 1 horse router
is plenty for this purpose. D handles work well.
" If I had it to do over, I'd choose a better quality jig. A lot of my
life has gone this way".
I know the feeling, Fred. Years of being sure that the 'kids have shoes',
and the like. You short yourself on the toys and try to make do. I mostly
didn't re-buy... just suffered through it until it would die.
There was a post a while back from someone at Rockler stating that it
was not the same as the HF version. It's easier for me to say do a
google groups search for "rockler dovetail jig" and it will be the
first result than try to paste the long google link.
My earlier thread post on this topic had noted:
The Rockler Dovetail Jig has been noted as being the same jig as the
one offered by Harbor Freight. I'd like to point out that the Rockler
jig is not from the same manufacturer as the HF jig. The Rockler jig
has some features which are important to note which distinguish it:
- a wider body which gives more stable jig and more room for larger,
easier to grip knobs.
- a sandpaper type grip under the bars for a better grip of the wood.
- one piece side stops which are faster and more accurate than a two
piece stop set up.
- side stops that can be adjusted without needing to remove the
- the jig accepts a through dovetail template which adds to it's
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