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Hi all,
I am new to LJ and I am amazed at the collective wealth of knowledge and experience here. I have been woodworking for just over a year and I am in the market for a good dovetail jig. Money is an issue, otherwise I would jump straight to the Leigh, so I am considering the Porter Cable 4212.
I think that I will mostly be routing half-blinds, but it doesn't seem like a tremendous price difference to go up to the through dovetail jigs.
Does anyone have any recommendations for an accurate and affordable jig?
Thanks,
Dan
 

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Depends on what you want to do. For fixed space pins & tails you can do something like the MLCS Pins & Tails templates like I did. I would like one of those PC 4212s though. I see a lot of good write ups on them…
 

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I know it might be different than what you had in mind, but I really like my Original Incra Jig. It's not a porter cable, but it's also not priced like a porter cable. I think for about $110.00 you can get the positioner, a fence, the right angle fixture and the dvd. I would say that if you're dovetailing anything wider than maybe 6-8 inches, then one of the other jigs might work better. Just thought I would throw that out there. It makes a pretty good router fence too. I upgraded from the positioner to a Ultra positioner because I really like how it works.

Hopefully this helps and doesn't muddy the water.
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Greetings danr78….. I agree with dbhost. I too, have the MLCS dovetail jig, which cuts half-blind dovetails. I've had mine now about 3 years, and it's a good, cheap jig. All metal, and it was only about $100 bucks. Comes with good instructions on how to set it up, which is not hard. There are no draw-backs that I can see. And it will cut dovetails up to 12".......... not bad for a cheap jig…........ keep on keeping on…....... later.
 

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okay, I spent a little more than I was planning but I am happy with my choice. I bought the Porter Cable 4216, which is the same as the 4212 but it also comes with a miniture through dovetail template. I like making boxes, so I thought that would come in handy. I had to special order it from Woodcraft so I should be getting it in a few days. I can't wait to try it out. Thank you all for you input.
 

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I know that it may not meet the "affordable" requirement but I love my Leigh Jig. Adjustable pin spacing with a workpiece up to 24" wide. Keep an eye on eBay and Craigslist, there are deals out there if you look hard enough.
 
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