PC 4210 vs 4216 dovetail jig

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Forum topic by Andybb posted 01-23-2020 06:21 AM 304 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-23-2020 06:21 AM

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I have a PC 4210 jig that does half blind dovetails but I also want to be able to do through and small dovetails. Half blinds are good for drawers but not for boxes. Apparently you need the 4216 to do all of that. I see on Amazon that you can buy accessories that allow you to do some but not all of what the 4216 can do.

Does anyone know what options I have (no, I’m not interested in hand cutting them) short of buying a new jig? If I have to buy a new jig, what do you suggest?

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#1 posted 01-23-2020 10:32 AM

You should be able to buy just the attachment to do through dovetails, which will also allow you to do box joints, too. The fixture attachment is just a new top plate and is double sided, that would be your best bet.

I’m not sure about the mini dovetails, but As you adjust the height of the fixture to match the thickness of your material, the dovetail size will change with it.

Try checking with rockler or woodcraft to see if they sell just the attachments.

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#2 posted 01-23-2020 12:38 PM

The 4213 template will get you there. I think the 4214 is the mini.

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#3 posted 01-23-2020 01:10 PM

Craigslist. I just got the 4216 with everything but the bits and bushings for $50.

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#4 posted 01-23-2020 01:58 PM

The 4213 template lets you do through dovetails and box joints. The 4215 lets you do mini dovetails.

As far as I know, those templates are the only difference between the 4210 and 4216. Same jig, the 4216 just adds the two extra templates. Unfortunately buying those two templates is within $20 of just buying the 4216 jig at least based on Amazon’s prices.

At least you don’t have the 4112 like me ;-)

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#5 posted 01-23-2020 04:17 PM

The entire PORTER-CABLE Dovetail Jig with Mini Template Kit (4216) is on Amazon for $129.99 right now…which is a crazy good price.

Unfortunately just the 4213 Through template alone is $85 on there. I have to imagine a used one could be found on like eBay or Craigslist or something.

Good luck, Andy.

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#6 posted 01-23-2020 06:04 PM

Yeah. I think I’ll wait and watch CL. for a used 4216. It’s something I probably won’t do that often. I have a jig I use for dovetail keys which is a similar look.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#7 posted 01-24-2020 02:11 PM

I owned the 4216 with all the toys. It was just OK.

I never used the mini because I could never find carbide bits for it, and I really looked.

At one time I had a Rockwell jig, pre Porter cable, and used HSS bits. I’m all done with HSS
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#8 posted 01-26-2020 05:17 PM

Hmm. It seems like if PC had included the 4213 template instead of the one that can only do half blind, you could do both blind and through dovetails with a single template. I know that jigs like the Rockler one for instance can handle that. (They divide the 4213 type plate into 2 templates instead of a single reversible one.) What am I missing?

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