Porter Cable Dovetail Jig #4216 #1: Made the buy!!!!

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Blog entry by Sawdustonmyshoulder posted 07-08-2012 06:42 PM 2559 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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OK….. I pulled the trigger on the Porter Cable #4216 dovetail jig. I need it for the kitchen in the new house and I am up against a huge deadline. The few extra dollars I paid for this unit is for the templates included. Mini dovetails and box joints and a through dovetail and box joint jig.

Now, LJs, I have a Leigh D4R so I guess the question is, “Why in the world did you ‘downgrade’? Well, I have about 130 or so drawers to build. I am hoping this jig will speed up the process. The D4R unit makes BEAUTIFUL half-blind dovetails but it does it with two passes. The PC makes them with one pass but you lose the variable spacing and sizes. TRADE OUT time.

-- The more skilled you are at something, the worse you are at it when someone is watching.

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Randy Sharp

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#1 posted 07-08-2012 07:14 PM

That’s a lot of drawers! I like my PC, you’ll like yours too! Throw in a little Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver on Pandora while you work and time will fly by. :-)

-- Randy, Tupelo, MS ~ A man who honors his wife will have children who honor their father.

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#2 posted 07-08-2012 08:18 PM

Hope you enjoy it. I know I love mine. When you need a bunch of drawers, it’s quick and accurate. Your right about the variable spacing but the way I see it, if anyone is getting close close enough to criticize the spacing of my dovetails on my kitchen drawers they better have washed the dishes and be in the process of putting away the utensils. Good Luck.


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#3 posted 08-06-2012 04:03 AM

Good series!
I bought the 4212 (same as yours but without the mini template) when porter cable was giving a rebate on it plus there was a $20 off $100 promo too, so I ended up with it for $104 out the door from tools-plus. :)

I still have to set it up and use it, but I’m confident I won’t be disappointed.
I’ll be looking forward to reading how it performs for you and all those drawers. :)

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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