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Dovetail Jig Question

I have never done any kind of dovetails before but I want to learn. I was given this old PC jig. Am I correct in assuming that I wouldn't be able to do dovetails with just this template? Wouldn't I need the pointy one (technical term) for dovetails? Also, assuming I want to use a jig, would I be better off getting a newer one?

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It looks complete to me. Watch more how to's
It would probably work better then most cheap new ones.
You will need the proper bit and guide though for your router

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With just the one comb you can do half blind DTs (both parts are cut at once). Through DTs would require having the pointy one you're talking about.
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that is a nice jig, cam locks, well built. it will make fine half blind dovetails. thats all i make. perfect for drawers.
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Thanks everyone. I found a manual specific to this jig and that, along with your comments, helps a lot. I've now made my first dovetail!
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How'd you get a dovetail out of that? I thought that was the box-joint template. Or am I just seeing crazy?

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How'd you get a dovetail out of that? I thought that was the box-joint template. Or am I just seeing crazy?
I'm probably about the least qualified person to answer this but I'll try. I just put the front piece on the top of the jig and a side piece on the front of the jig, offset according to the manual, and then just ran the 1/2" DT bit through both pieces at the same time. I have 2 templates and once I had the correct one mounted it only took 2 tries to get a nice snug fit. Keep in mind, this template is only for half blind DT's. I learned that from replies here.
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I just put the front piece on the top of the jig and a side piece on the front of the jig, offset according to the manual, and then just ran the 1/2" DT bit through both pieces at the same time. I have 2 templates and once I had the correct one mounted it only took 2 tries to get a nice snug fit. Keep in mind, this template is only for half blind DT's. I learned that from replies here.
OK,makes sense. That's how the Craftsman jig works too. I was confused by those flats on the fingers. The cheap jigs (and PC isn't cheap!) I've had or seen all had curved fingers up front. I just saw that template in the pic and it looked like finger joints to me.

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How about a few pictures of your first dt
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How about a few pictures of your first dt
Well, it's not much but since you asked...
Here is my 1st and 2nd try. Obviously, just using scrap pine.
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2nd set looks pretty sweet.....nicely done.

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I think they look great, your on your way to prefection
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Looking good. You almost got it perfect on the second try. That's very good.
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They will get better and easier with practice. Nice job though.

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Red,
I just noticed that you are in NC, isn't huntersville where Joe gibbs shop is at.
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Thanks for all the compliments guys. Isn't it fun learning new WW techniques, especially when you have WWTalk.com to help.
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I just noticed that you are in NC, isn't huntersville where Joe gibbs shop is at.
Yep. My in-laws live there on Lake Norman as well. Great part of town.

Nice job on the dovetails, the second attempt is awesome!

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Thanks everyone. I found a manual specific to this jig and that, along with your comments, helps a lot. I've now made my first dovetail!
I have one of these jigs, where did you find the manual?
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Great job on the DTs!! I was recently giver one on the PC 4212 units. I have several things I need to do (read wife said so) first before I have time to play around with it.

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