Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Whittier, CA. USA
I have the PC4216. It's the same as the other 4200 models just comes with the other templates. For kitchen drawers I would use half-blind dovetails. Once the jig is setup it uses the same setting even when using different thickness material. You can use an applied front or machine the front part of the drawer box to match the face frame & door material. You will see the dovetail once the drawer is opened.
I don't find the jig that hard to setup as the older models were. With half blinds you machine both parts of a joint at the same time with the inside of the joint facing up. Set the bit height in the router 5/8" from the router base plate (1/4" for template thickness & 3/8" for material, the rest is what is machined out for the joint). There is a setup stop on the side of the jig template but it may not be setup out of the box. Set it up after you find your sweet spot for future use if you need to setup router in the future. This will get you in the ballpark for the fit.
Number your four joints 1,2,3,4. Even numbers (2&4) you will use one side of jig & odd (1&3) you will slide over & use the other side of the jig. Fronts & backs are placed on top with inside facing up & sides are held vertical with inside facing out. Place parts in jig with the topside (or bottom side) edge of the box parts either all facing towards center of jig or all facing towards outside of jig but orientate them all the same for each side.
Do some test cuts before you machine you box material. It's not as hard as it sounds once you get it setup. The half blind setup can be used for material thicknesses of 1/2" to 1-1/8" with the same setup. I have a dedicated router for these & never have to change bit setting unless I'm changing out a dull bit.
These were done with the PC4216 jig
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Last edited by jlord; 06-13-2012 at 10:49 AM.