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Old 06-28-2010, 07:25 PM   #1
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I'm looking to purchase a Dovetail Jig. I have looked at both Porter Cable and Leigh. I'm not looking for anything to build larger than 12". I like the price on the PC 4216 @ $219, or 4212 @ $169 from my local Woodsmith store. Does anyone have any advice on either brand bad or good, or are there others that are just as good?

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Old 06-28-2010, 07:27 PM   #2
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Menards had the PC on sale
just lately, might check their price.

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Either of the PC should serve you well. They are pretty easy to set up. I have a Leigh D4R, which I like since you can vary the spacing of the dovetails. You can make your drawers look a bit more custom. They are a bit more difficult to set up, though. Plus, you can't do single-pass half blind tails and pins like the PC, though a kit should be available soon. They just came out with a new D4R+ that does do single pass. The PC will be much faster to set up and use.
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Rockler has theirs on sale for 119 with free shipping and dust collector. Comes with router bits, collar, misc extras....
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Just make sure you get something that has a cam hold down. Makes it quick and efficient. I have a cheapo Reliant jig that I got 15 years ago for $60. Still have it, still use it. A buddy has a PC and the inside of the joint is a bit open while my Reliant is tight.
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Just make sure you get something that has a cam hold down. Makes it quick and efficient. I have a cheapo Reliant jig that I got 15 years ago for $60. Still have it, still use it. A buddy has a PC and the inside of the joint is a bit open while my Reliant is tight.
If the inside of your friends joints are open then he does not have everything adjusted right. I have the PC 4216 & no problems once adjusted.
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He has played with it a bit and gotten it better. But it is not as tight as mine. I looked at his jig and can't understand why it is doing this, yet it does.
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nobodies is as tight as yours
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Not true. The dovetail machines do a much better job.


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I don't like my joints really tight.

PC is easy but limited, leigh is more open to creativity.
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I do. The inside of the box is what I am talking about. But I also like the dovetails tight enough so you need a mallet to get them all the way in and then you need no clamps. Just pound the box together and let it sit for 20 minutes and sand it.
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Oh, dove tail joints, those should be tight.
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If you are looking for uniform dovetails, it doesn't get much easier and more accurate than the PC 4212. Mine stays setup for 5/8" half-blind drawers and have a dedicated router, I rarely have to adjust anything. It is a production jig, and you get production results.

I also have a Leigh D4R, and it is the most versatile jig I have used. It is pretty easy to setup, and the results are awesome. Their manual is very well done. I really like the look of variable spacing, and that is where the Leigh shines.
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I have the PC and to be honest it isn't really all that great. Sure it's quick to setup compared to the leigh but I constantly have problems keeping the tails/pins aligned properly. Even though I put the pieces in tight and clamp down some are slightly off (about 1/32). I'm tempted to just take the jig out of the PC and build my own clamping system but then again maybe I'll just justify the $$ savings in time and go and buy the leigh

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