post #3 of 4 Old 09-21-2015, 11:13 AM. Looking for information on designing your projects? Glad to have you join us. Read it carefully and incorporate the tips here for great results. Anyone have this problem? Have you had to compromise your project... On the lathe, by the lathe: do you have questions? Lower your bit untill it hits the top of the thumb screw and your depth will be set. Have been al urker for some time, looking for help, I just purchsed the PC 4212 dovetail jig. In any event, it does look like a compound problem. If the joint is too loose or too tight, adjust the bit projection.

When you figure it out, write about it. It’s a great help to keep a full-length sample corner on hand for reference. I’ve attached a pic. If you google “porter cable dovetail video John Van Wald”, this should be a great help to you. Having difficulties reading project plans? Porter-Cable INSTRUCTION MANUAL DOVETAIL JIG 4210, 4212 (29550). and did you get it corrected? Privacy Policy, Setting Up A Dovetail Jig For Perfect Dovetails, Porter Cable 4216 vs Porter Cable 4212 vs Porter Cable 4210, Keller 1500 Journeyman Dovetail Jig Review. If you pay attention to the details described here, you’re much more likely to get your drawers right the first time. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user. For the bottom, hardwood plywood usually serves just fine. I just looked at the manual and it clearly states which bushing and router bit are used for each type of joint. I believe you have something out of adjustment. Latest Blog Entries | A joint that terminates with a half-tail (particularly at the top of the drawer) looks odd. Bit projection gauge. This is a video in a high school shop class setting.

Otherwise, it looks like you are close with your settings. All the same, this limitation is easy to accept, given the practical advantages. DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. Porter Cable - 12" Dovetail Jig, Model 4210, Porter Cable - 12" Dovetail Jigs, Deluxe Model 4212, Porter Cable - 12" Deluxe Dovetail Jig Combination Kit, Model 4216, You must be logged in to write a comment. Yeah, 20 or so should do the trick!! You asked about the size of the guide bearing. Latest Blog Entries | Share your tips and challenges ... Before you pick up those woodworking tools, take the time to ensure your safety in the shop! I hope to get mine out this week and have some fun with it. This forum is for scrollsawers: share your tips, ask questions... Have a question? That way, if it doesn’t fit first time, it’s much easier to shave a bit off the pins rather than the tails. If you score along the short edges of the tail boards it helps to minimize the chip out. This video is a quick introduction to cutting box joints on a dovetail jig. Period. I’m going from memory, but I think that bearing guide you need is 1/2”. JavaScript is disabled. Latest Forum Topics. I knew nothing about dovetails until recently & bagged a PC 4216 to learn on & for an upcoming project. The length of the pins & depth of the tails seems to be off. If the end of the drawer front is offset from the drawer side, adjust the template fore or aft until the parts line up. Keep track of your changes and the results. I have a little play between the fingers and bushing on my Leigh jig. The depth appears really close to me. You then get 3 large tails instead of a bunch of small ones. Kind of doubt I’ll ever go down the hand cut road, but you never know. I guess I wasn’t thinking it was a depth issue. Using a jig is like having a couple extra hands helping out. But the side to side space doesn’t look like it would be fixed by changing the depth.

Questions and answers about CNC machines, tooling, best practices, and projects. Setting Up A Dovetail Jig For Perfect Dovetails. Relief, 3D, chip-carving, whittling; carving knives, chisels, pocket-knives, power tools. THIS WEEKEND ONLY GET 10% OFF ONEIDA AIR SYSTEMS. As to the chip out, plywood will do that. PM me if you need any more help.

:), I am having a nightmare with this Jig, all my joints are to tight, i have gone through countless lengths but can not put my finger on the reason can any kind person give me a insite into why i can not join the pieces of woods together, i have followed the instructions to the tee but cant go them to join except hammer them.

I do know that with through dovetails, the depth of cut has to be identical to the thickness of the stock you’re using. Then looking down under the template I can lower the bit until the edge just catches on the scribe line.

Whenever possible, size your drawers to start and end with a half-pin. If all your pieces are the same thickness, you only have to scribe the test piece and set the bit. PORTER CABLE; FAQs FAQs. | Privacy Policy I don’t even use them, instead I gauge the wood just like I would if I was to hand cut a dovetail. Latest Projects | The manual is very clear. Log In. Latest Projects | VerticalScope Inc., 111 Peter, Suite 901, Toronto, Ontario, M5V 2H1, Canada. Please look in the manual to find out the correct bushing size. porter cable 4210 dovetail jig.

The finish, whether paint, wax, stain, or something else, can make or break a project. 4212 (29550) tools … If this was a guide bushing problem I would expect to see more of a variation in the side to side fit of the joints.

The best way I’ve heard to describe that “loose” fit is that you can tap the joint together with your hat. On the left side of the jig attatched to the template is a small thumb screw. I do want to clarify that when the router (and bushing) was inbetween the fingers of the template that there was movement from one finger edge to the opposite. If that bearing is missing from the set, you will need to get a replacement. If you are selling your work, then you have entered a woodworking dimension with added complexity and stress. To prevent template damage, make sure to engage the router bushing fully in its starting template slot before hitting the switch. Too loose. You can make steeply-angled joints with the clamping boards. | Copyright I'm having a problem with the parts not lining up. In my case, I had trouble with the boards slipping in the clamps. What can cause premature pad failure? A shallow backroute pass at the beginning also helps. This prevented slippage. Trial cut.

Join Date: Dec 2007. IMO, this is one of the best, if not the best, out there. The problem is the manual says position the vertical board centered between the pins of the jig and then slide and lock the alignment jig against the vertical board, and you will have a stop for the horizontal board with the correct offset. Once the initial setup is taking care of, and you’re happily making beautiful, accurate dovetails –. As I recall, though, the manual is pretty good about telling you what adjustment needs to be made when the joints come out a certain way. The knob serves as an adjustable gauge for increasing or decreasing the bit projection to correct the fit of the joint. Terms of Service Posts: 1 View ldsmith1234's Uploads . He has two videos, one for 1/2 blind and one for through dovetails. Is it suppose to fit tightly within the jig? -- Don't sweat the petty things and don't pet the sweaty things. Welcome to the forums Ldsmith. Using a pc the same thickness of what you’re using, adjust the depth stop to that thickness and go from there. Done, depth is set. By using the clamping boards, you can rout boards that are too short to clamp in the jig base, allowing you to dovetail small decorative boxes. a tip/strategy to share? ”THROUGH DOVETAIL TROUBLESHOOTINGFor joints that are too loose, move the template toward you slightly.For joints that are too tight, move the template away from you slightly.”. A forum community dedicated to router and woodworking professionals and enthusiasts. Eyes, ears, fingers, and... Are you looking for or do you have tips to share regarding the workshop? Relief, 3D, chip-carving, whittling; carving knives, chisels, pocket-knives, power tools.

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