Rockler Complete Dovetail Jig
Cutting beautiful through and half-blind dovetails is fast and easy with our new and improved dovetail jig! Rockler's exclusive one-piece stop gives you the perfect offset every time for dead-on dovetailing accuracy. And our new preset template guide allows for quick initial setup for 1/2" to 3/4" thick stock. Jig will cut half-blind dovetailed joints from 1/2" to 1-1/8" thick and full through dovetails from 3/8" to 3/4" thick.
- Accommodates stock up to 11" wide
- 8mm diameter bits are 25% larger than typical 1/4" bits, reduce chatter and fit all existing Rockler dovetail jigs
- Preset template and fence locations clearly marked for standard thickness stock
- Clamping bars include abrasive surface to grip stock and prevent slipping
- Depth gauge on template for setting dovetail bit height for half-blind joints
- Requires router with 1/2" collet.
- Requires a router base plate that accepts template guide bushings.
(2) Phenolic Templates
(1) 1/2'' x 14° x 8mm Shank, Carbide-Tipped Router Bit
(1) 1/2'' x 8° x 8mm Shank, Carbide-Tipped Router Bit
(1) 5/16'' x 8mm Shank, Straight Carbide-Tipped Router Bit
(1) 1/2'' to 8mm Collet Adapter
(1) 7/16'' Guide Bushing (fits most routers)
(1) Detailed eight-page instruction booklet
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I actually don't know because I've only used the Rockler system. I can certainly vouch for it! My view is that systems within the same price range will be similar in specs ... If you need greater width than 12 inches, say, you will be spending more. But if your just doing boxes or drawers, Rockler is your man!!
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For first timers, the instructions aren't the greatest, so plan of setting aside several "test: boards.
The kit includes the required adapter to accommodate the 8mm diameter bit shank in the 1/2" collet.
(They look similar but I think the porter-cable seams a bit more stable. Would love to compare side by side.)
For half-blind, you're setting the limit of the router movement based on the thickness of the side. The bit depth just needs to be less than the front thickness, and altered to adjust proper fit when assembled. Although, with this kit, you're limited on the bit's travel because of the bushing. So there's a minimum thickness for half-blind dovetails.
For through dovetails, you use two different bits and set the various cuts based on the different thickness of material. So when you cut the front, you use the side as the depth guide. When you cut the side, you use the front as the depth guide.
As always, just use some scraps of the same material (or at least the same thickness) to get your setup dialed in, and then proceed to start your project.