Porter-Cable Dovetail Jig

WOOD magazine rating
Average reader rating
3.7
out of 5
Brand:
Porter-Cable
Model:
4212
Price:
$160

Description

Ideal for woodworking, furniture- and cabinetmaking, the Porter Cable 4212 12" dovetail jig kit enables cutting a wide variety of joinery for drawers, boxes, and furniture in stock from 1/4" to 1 1/8" thick with a router. The kit includes a template for half-blind, rabbeted half-blind and sliding dovetails and a template for through dovetails and box joints. The unit’s template alignment lines and intuitive router bit depth setting gauges deliver ease of setup and enable depth settings without measurements. On-board instructions provide clear guidance while machined aluminum template provides superior cutting accuracy and long term durability.

WOOD magazine review

All the joints for a good value

Review Summary

Essentially a revamped half-blind jig, this model excels at all joints. With so many helpful hints etched onto the templates and jig body, you almost don't need the manual (which proves very good as well). It's one of only two jigs we tested that will machine stock up to 1" thick. Replacements for unusual-dimension bits will prove difficult to find from sources other than the manufacturer.

Detailed Ratings

5.0
out of 5

Performance

5

Features

5

Ease of Use

5

Value

5

Reader Reviews

A great tool, very well designed to do what it's supposed to do.

Review Summary

I'll give you my out of the box review as I had it delivered Friday and setup on Sunday. This this is well made. A nice weight to it and the cams get a good grip on the wood. Make sure you clamp it to your bench though cause it will move around. Get yourself familiar with the directions and how everything works before you start making saw dust.
The two bits that come with it are 1/2" shanks, so make sure your router can handle it so you're not disappointed. I had the wrong template installed and got a little frustrated at first. Tried half-blinds with the through DT template. Also, they recommened you use widths that are X 1/4" (1 1/4", 2 1/4" etc.). I tried some scrap 1x4 and while the tails and pins lined up, they weren't attractive at all. Once I ripped down to 3 1/4", much more better results. By my 3rd and 4th test cuts, I had half-blinds and through DTs no problem. I do have to do some tweaking to snug up the joints, but that's all covered in the instruction book as well as on the lables on the sides of the jig. Overall, this is one of the better tools I've bought for the shop. I'm just a hobbiest but I don't see why you couldn't use this for full production use.

Detailed Ratings

5.0
out of 5

Performance

5

Features

5

Ease of Use

5

Value

5

Best jig in it's class

Review Summary

This jig is rock solid. Porter Cable did their homework on this one. I was able to make perfect half blind DT joits in a couple tries. You can also do sliding and full dovetails. It also comes with a straight bit to do finger joints. You can buy 2 additional templates to make mini dovetails and box joints. The jig has instructions on it so you don't need to have the manual handy. The jig also has stops you can set for bit height when you come back later and have to re-set up.
There is an advanced manual online that you can download. It has things like dovetails on angled corners, embedded dovetails, and dovetails of infinite length. This is a well thought out package that is worth the money.

Detailed Ratings

5.0
out of 5

Performance

5

Features

5

Ease of Use

5

Value

5

Um. No Quality Control?

Review Summary

This was my first attempt to create half blind dovetails. I could not get a square box. I searched the internet and finally found a 10 year old post saying to check the squareness of the offset guides because his was off when it was brand new. I checked and I wish I could post a photo. The left one was not even close the right one was about 1/8 in. off square. I sent it back. How can this continue to be an issue after 10 years??

Detailed Ratings

1.0
out of 5

Performance

1

Features

1

Ease of Use

1

Value

1

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