Portable Dovetail Jig Station

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Project by Bricofleur posted 12-01-2010 12:14 AM 9820 views 42 times favorited 35 comments Add to Favorites Watch

For a long time I meant to build a portable dovetail jig station where all parts and accessories would be stored in. I sat down many times to think about what would be the features of my dreamed dedicated station.

Here are the features of the station I came up with:

- Handles to carry the station around.
- Neat way to clamp the station on a steady and solide surface.
- Storage drawers.
- Easy to build.
- As simple as possible.
- Inexpensive.
- Sturdy.
- Raises the jig to a personalized comfortable height.

My thoughts have been successfull as well as the time spent in the workshop building it. It was fun!

To see all the construction details and more pictures, click here.

I hope to see yours soon!



-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. --

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#1 posted 12-01-2010 12:22 AM


-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#2 posted 12-01-2010 12:26 AM

Nice and neat, and all in one place. I like that! :)

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#3 posted 12-01-2010 12:46 AM

Very cool, it is always nice to accessories near by. Looks nice and sturdy, great job.

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#4 posted 12-01-2010 12:46 AM

Very Nice.


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#5 posted 12-01-2010 12:56 AM

Nice!!!! I have the Liegh 24 inch… you have thinking I need to do the same.

-- In the end it is more about the memories we make than the pieces we build.

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#6 posted 12-01-2010 12:59 AM

Hi Serge. Nice job on this dovetail jig station. To me, the customized working height is the key element. I made a “station” that was featured in a woodworking magazine years ago and I hate it. It is not stable enough for my liking and since I used their suggested dimensions, it sits too high. I may have to consider using your ideas. Great job. Enjoy it!

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#7 posted 12-01-2010 01:23 AM

@Serge—Nicely done! Bending over kills my back … I need something like this.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#8 posted 12-01-2010 01:27 AM

Boy that sure is pretty….from one Leigh snob to another soon to be.

: )


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#9 posted 12-01-2010 01:47 AM

Nice portable stand for the jig. The drawers are a nice idea also. Good job..

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#10 posted 12-01-2010 02:23 AM

What an absolutely great idea, and wonderful execution !! Made THIS one a favorite !

Only one minor issue: everybody knows that Leigh jig is crap.

But … great guy that I am … YOU send it to ME, and I’LL send YOU my (infinitely better) P-C 4212.

I’ll even throw in the miniature box joint template, no charge.


-- -- Neil

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#11 posted 12-01-2010 02:26 AM

Your work station looks great. I’ve been talking a lot lately about getting a dovetail jig. I’m working on a project that calls for dovetails. This will be my first dovetail project. I’m not 100% sure but my wife might surprise me with one. She was asking me a lots of questions about them and i happen to see her online looking at some. I was thinking about getting the Porter-Cable 4212 Deluxe. this is my first dovetail jig and i know that there are some things i don’t know, but i should know. So i would appreciate all the input i can get here on L J. But just to keep me a small step ahead. I think I’m going to go on and build the work station in anticipation. I would like to have some pros and cons on the Jig that I’m anticipating my wife is going to surprise me with.The project I’m working on is a Country Cupboard. I hope to have some pics on here soon.

-- James G'ville,MS Rev 22:2 .............. and the leaves of the tree [were] for the healing of the nations.

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#12 posted 12-01-2010 02:47 AM

James—I bought a Harbor Freight dovetail jig (~$30) because I wasn’t sure if I really wanted to get into machine-cut dovetails (I have trained myself to do them by hand and feel pretty good about some of my work).

The HF jig was surprisingly easy to use, and I cranked all of the half-blind dovetails I needed for a project in just one afternoon.

I may consider a PC or Leigh jig (the HF cannot do through-dovetails), but for now, I’m keeping the HF in my shop.


-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#13 posted 12-01-2010 03:33 AM


You might want to start a separate thread on this. More good answers will come.

In truth, I’ve been VERY happy with my 4212: easy setup, clean operation, nice results, fair price.

How can you beat that ?

I think there are reviews and YouTube videos, online. Here's a pretty good start.

And another one—by Fine Woodworking—here

If you DO get it, download the “advanced” manual from the Porter-Cable site. Excellent info, there !

-- -- Neil

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#14 posted 12-01-2010 06:54 AM

I have the Leigh but have only practiced on it a handful of times. This is a terrific idea to keep everything in one place Serge. I like it a lot and am adding this to my holiday to-do list. Thanks for posting it!

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#15 posted 12-01-2010 07:55 AM

I am wiping the bitter tears of jealosy off my keyboard.
What a great idea this is. I am all about making the shop as user friendly as possible. Great stand for a very useful jig.

-- Tim, Nevada MO

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