Porter Cable 4212 dovetail jig, new never used

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Forum topic by shawnn posted 10-09-2017 12:14 AM 772 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-09-2017 12:14 AM

Selling for an Amish friend. He bought this but the bits wouldn’t fit his router. Make offer if interested.

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#1 posted 10-09-2017 02:20 AM

He can still use the jig if he only has a 1/4” shank router, he’d just need to find a 1/4” shank dovetail bit of the appropriate size.

You can also use any guide bushing, so long as it’s the right inside/outside diameter.

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#2 posted 10-09-2017 03:25 AM

He may be restricted by his religion to using pneumatic or steam driven tools and that might be the problem with bit compatibility.

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#3 posted 10-09-2017 04:26 AM

I know it’s not, but this almost sounds like the start of a joke. An Amish craftsman with a Porter Cable dovetail jig and a steam driven router? I grew up in Philly and worked on an Amish farm outside of Lancaster in Fredericksburg in the summers in the 70’s. Lots of great memories including a monstrous steam driven hay baler that scared the crap out of me. The dad was a MASTER woodworker with hundreds upon hundreds of hand tools. Never saw a steam driven router but he could hand cut and assemble a dovetail box like it was second nature. Everything from a jewelry box to watering troughs that never leaked. Charles Shontz. One of the kindest men I ever knew who had a phenomenal Seinfeld like sense of humor. Had plenty of buggies but kept a black Crown Vic in the barn that he called his “just in case” buggie. Sorry. I digress.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#4 posted 10-09-2017 01:58 PM

He has pneumatic and hydraulic motors, I’m sure the router is pneumatic. He said the hydraulic motor on his cabinet saw is about 7hp vs the 3hp electric he removed from it. He also has a huge old 1920’s steam engine that runs his sawmill.

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