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Forum topic by Deela40 posted 12-29-2009 03:42 AM 1661 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-29-2009 03:42 AM

Topic tags/keywords: dovetail jig woodriver dovetail jig dove tail dove tail

I am trying to find a decent dovetail jig for around $50-$75. I don’t need anything fancy and only plan on using it for hobby purposes. I don’t foresee needing anything larger than a 12 incher for what it do currently. I am looking at the WoodRiver Half-Blind Dovetail Jig.

Anyone have any experience with this or have other recommendations?


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#1 posted 12-29-2009 03:51 AM

I have Rockler’s dovetail jig, which is in the mid-priced range around $150. It will do both thru and half blind dovetails. I also got their dust collector attachment, which works very well. Without dust collection, your whole shop will be engulfed in fine wood dust.

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#2 posted 12-29-2009 04:07 AM

Dave- ‘save your sheckels’ ?!? where did that one come from …lol… I kinda like it

as for the dovetail jig. consider this- those jigs are used mostly for mass production of dovetail cases. if you need to produce a kitchen worth of dovetail drawers, or you are doing a lot of dovetailed boxes. in which case- it really depends on the look and requirement of your work. otherwise, handcutting dovetails is really not that difficult, and is by far more versatile than these jigs for one of a kind, or for a once in a while dovetail case.

personally, If I were to get a dovetail jig (and I have plans in the future when I do our kitchen… far future) I would go for a higher end one that will be more versatile, and actually get used more often in the shop, either the Leigh, or the Akeda (favors the Akeda myself). but like Dave – that’s my personal opinion.

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#3 posted 12-29-2009 04:40 AM

We bought a jig a while back and love it. There were many things I looked for when I bought our jig but our budget was much higher so I was able to be a little more demanding on features. I considered things like ease of set up and repeatability and the fact that my 90 lb wife will be our primary dovetailer and the fact my goal is to get to where we would be dovetailing a set of kitchen drawers one time per month.

With that much said, I did a ton and a ton of reading since it was going to be a decent sized investment and the one DT jig that seemed to get consistent good reviews with an occassional bad review was the small inexpensive PC jig that only does HB dovetails. HB dovetails I like a lot since that is what we use in our kitchens and is a simple but nice looking dovetail. Me personally, I love the look of the dovetail, we even vary the spacing on our tails and pins to give more of a custom look. This was one of our best additions to our shop. The PC jig should fall near your price range and seems to be a quality piece. I actually would have rathered to buy the PC jig but since my wife was going to be doing this I looked for the jig that simplified the whole process. I do have a smart and crafty wife, not to make it sound like she could not succeed with the PC jig, but I wanted the jig that would make her the most successful. Anyway, happy dovetailing!

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#4 posted 12-29-2009 05:12 AM

I can’t profess to it’s quality of function but the MLCS does look tempting.

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#5 posted 01-03-2010 03:38 AM

Thanks for the advice everyone. I will look for info on how to cut them by hand to see if it is something I want to get into.


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#6 posted 01-03-2010 03:50 AM

grizzly has one for pretty cheap and u can get different templates for it to do bigger dovetails also box joints/finger joints.

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