Porter-Cable 12" Dovetail Jigs, Deluxe Model 4212
Model 4212. If you've put off cutting dovetails with your router because of the complicated set-up of dovetail jigs, wait no longer. Porter-Cable's new 12" dovetail jig will have you up and cutting...
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Articles & Blogs
We began with Hand-Cut Dovetails in Part 1 of the Dovetail Discovery Center Seminars held at the Toledo Woodcraft store.
In this 2 & 3 part blog, we will take a look at two dovetail jigs. John Nystrom in Part 2, will demonstrate the capabilities of the Porter-Cable 12″, Model 4210 Dovetail Jig, followed by Carl Kuhnle’s skill set in Part 3 on the Leigh Super 12″ Dovetail Jig.
Guysville, Ohio, resident Myron “Pete” Hart not only plays the mandolin, he makes them as well. The good-humored lead singer of The Hart Brothers band, formed in 1979 with brothers Heamon “Tib” Hart and Arman “Sam” Hart, Pete is a sought-after luthier in addition to being a talented musician and vocalist.
Instruction manual needs work
Though I am well experienced with hand joinery, I bought this to learn router made dovetails and that was a slow process. The user manual needs work, although it is complete, but several careful readings are needed to get a clear picture of what you will be doing with it. It's the tension between trying to get experienced users to write for a beginner, against the knowledge that some buyers will already know what they are supposed to do. Also, woe to you if you're using a router not made by Porter-Cable ... mine is a Bosch and although it's an excellent machine, getting those Porter-Cable guides to fit is a pain. As a result, I had to stop my project three times to order parts online. That said, once I got everything in place, the results were perfect the first time. Be aware that the manual says nothing about the importance of centering your guide on the router plate. Your choices of joints will be very limited once you master the basics. Perhaps I would pay a little more and get a Leigh jig if I had to do this again. Leigh allows much more flexibility, and their design is not tied to their own brand of router.
Created dovetails 1st try
Made making small boxes look professional
Fairly easy to set up and get routing. Once you've done it once or twice you've got it dialed. Not so easy to store, but it really should be set up on a dedicated table.A dvd or instruction set that was easier to read would be desirable, but it didn't take long to figure out without.
Do it your self , the right way!
I'm trying to learn how to build cabinets so for this jig is ideal for me .I wish all tools were this easy to use. Porter cable is on top of their game.
So Far So Good
A dvd showing step-by-step how to create at least one of the types of dovetail joints would be of great help.
beter then doing it by hand
Does good work, BUT.....
Storage is annoying because of its configuration and need to mount to an edge to work. Product works well with good results. [...]
Great and easy to Use!
I used this product and thought it might be hard to use. Wow! was I wrong. It only took two tries and I was making drawers. I would recommend this product even for the beginner.
Good Jig / Good Price
I have a Leigh Dovetail Jig which I've had for almost 15 years and it is great. I teach at a small school and have recently started a woodworking program there. I could not justify the high price tag of the Leigh for the school so I bought the Porter Cable and am very happy with it. It is easy to set up, is accurate, easy to adjust. I have only made through dovetails so far but looks like half blind are even easier to make. The only issues someone might have is that the width of the dovetails are not adjustable as with the Leigh jig.
Excellent for the beginner
The jig performs as promised. Just follow the step by step instructions and you'll produce a beautiful joint with minimal pratice. I suggest you make a few dry runs on scrap peices before trying it out on the expensive woods but I got great results the first time out and couldn't be happier with my decision. I considered a few of the other less expensive jigs out on the market but decided to go with the Porter Cable after looking at how easy the setup was. A few of the other jigs require alot of set up not only on the jig but the router as well. This jig is easy to set up as long as you have a router with a 1/2" collet. The templates are designed to work with 1/2" bits (everything you need comes with the jig. The bits, the bushings, everything) Don't do what I did and buy the accessories prior to buying the jig. Buy the jig first and then see what accessories you'll need. I also suggest that you spend the extra money and go for the 4212 vs. the 4210. It's the same jig, but for the extra money you get the extra templates and accessories which are more costly to add later if you want to expand the abilities of your jig. Highly Recommended
Can;t use Waiting on parts
The threads on the top bar clamping knob were stripped out.Have been waiting for replacement part for 3 weeks
Porter Cable 4212 Dovetail Jig
Looked at other reviews before I purchased and I will agree with what I read it does take some minor adjustments and the instructions leave you with having to figure out what there trying to say but that being said after a few minor adjustments it worked great. I made 5 drawers after set up with no problem.
Versatile for the price
Excellent at making dovetails, but could do with some sort of dust collection.
Excellent jig! My son and I made perfect through dovetails on the first try. Be patient and get it set up correctly and you'll have very nice joints. This thing seems very well made and exceeded my expectations. Well worth the money.
Makes nice dovetails
Once set up it makes uniform dovetails
The best dovetail jig I've ever used. I would like a better design on the material stops. These screws will wear out and watch 90 deg alignment carefully when setting your position. Works well with Porter Cable 2 1/4 HP router.