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Porter Cable 4212 dovetail jig

by Kirk650
posted 07-27-2016 09:32 PM


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pintodeluxe

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#1 posted 07-27-2016 10:26 PM

Give us some pictures of your setup.

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#2 posted 07-27-2016 11:04 PM

Pictures aren’t worth the trouble. The template is now simply attached by screws to a wood base 2×3x19 inches. The wood to be dovetailed is clamped to the wood base. Truly nothing fancy at all. You can google it up for better pictures than I can provide. I think I found it under “supplemental manual for unlimited width dovetailing” or something similar.

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#3 posted 07-28-2016 07:29 AM

Years ago I did something similar with a Sears dovetail jig. I found you can make your own templates to get any size or spacing you want. Not that hard to do.

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#4 posted 07-28-2016 03:58 PM

I think this might be the supplement he’s referring to.

http://go.rockler.com/tech/RTD10000211AA.pdf

43 pages if you’re going to print it. It appears that my PC dovetail jig is a lot more versatile than I thought.

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#5 posted 07-28-2016 05:29 PM

Yes, Mule, that’s what I printed off. I had no idea, till I saw that supplemental manual, that the 4212 was so useful. All this time I had been thinking I should have bought that 24 inch model made by….I forget.

I did find yesterday, when I set everything up and used it, that the router still slings mucho wood chips/shavings. No improvement there. I was so covered with wood bits that the wife wouldn’t let me in the house till I vacuumed my clothes.

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#6 posted 07-28-2016 08:37 PM


I did find yesterday, when I set everything up and used it, that the router still slings mucho wood chips/shavings. No improvement there. I was so covered with wood bits that the wife wouldn t let me in the house till I vacuumed my clothes.

- Kirk650

Ain’t that the truth. I’m always amazed at how much of a mess you can make putting little notches in wood.

-- Visualize whirled peas

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#7 posted 08-06-2016 07:39 PM

Ok, finally got the Hard Maple for the toy chest. My test cuts with the new jig setup were with white pine, so I was concerned that maybe the soft wood was the reason the dovetails fit together so well. So today I did some test dovetails with Hard Maple, and the fit was perfect. Quite honestly, the ease of use of the dovetail template set up this way was far better than using the whole Model 4212 jig as sold, and now there is no 12 inch maximum on board width.

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