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#253941 - 03/27/09 10:18 AM Re: Got Wood? [Re: Adrian]
michael_d Offline
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Registered: 07/23/04
Posts: 3904
Loc: Up yonder
I use the Porter Cable 24” Omni Jig. I’ve had it for about six years, so it’s not their newest system. I’ve been interested in buying the new system. It looks pretty simple to set up and use. Mine is an exercise in re-learning every single time I use it. The new one looks much more user friendly. When I was looking for jigs, I almost bought the Leigh, and wish I would have got it instead. The Leigh makes adjustable dovetails and is fairly straight forward to set up and use. The P/C makes standard width pins as well as variable spaced pins if you buy the additional template, but it’s not quite as adjustable as the Leigh. I have the template (as well as the sliding dovetail template) and have used it a couple times. It does OK.

Out of all of them, I’d still stick with the new P/C omni or Leigh. Don’t screw around with those little cheap jigs though. They’re a waste of money.

http://www.leighjigs.com/home.php
http://www.deltaportercable.com/jigs/omni/
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#253956 - 03/27/09 12:13 PM Re: Got Wood? [Re: Adrian]
Zimm Offline
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Registered: 12/08/08
Posts: 1361
Loc: New Orleans
Mark, I have the PC 4212 (I think). They change the digits per jig, but as for the unit, it does work very well. I would spring for the extra jig package (which I don't have) as the mini-jig would be nice for small work and price to buy separate is more expensive. But it is easy to use, and I am no dovetail king. Frankly, I successfully built one box on it and have not used it since. Not its fault, just have not need a dovetail. It is a very solid unit, not flex or slide. I had an old hard plastic design before can could never get a decent result from it. No experience with the others - but the Leighs with the movable fingers do look like a great idea, if the execution is effective.
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#254058 - 03/28/09 03:34 AM Re: Got Wood? [Re: Zimm]
fredk Offline
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Registered: 12/06/07
Posts: 7047
Loc: Canada
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I almost bought the Leigh

That reminds me of a store I could hang out in for hours. These guys design and manufacture their own tools as well as carrying a great sellection of quality tools from other manufacturers.
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#254063 - 03/28/09 08:50 AM Re: Got Wood? [Re: fredk]
Adrian Offline
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Registered: 12/27/08
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Loc: It's all about the location.
Fred, I haven't been to Lee Valley for years, indeed it is a store that one can get lost in...they have products in there for woodworkers, I've not seen anywhere else.
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#254083 - 03/28/09 12:32 PM Re: Got Wood? [Re: Adrian]
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Registered: 07/23/04
Posts: 3904
Loc: Up yonder
I buy a lot from Lee Valley. They have the best darn pencils made, plus a gazzilion other cool things. Warning: do not shop on line while drinking. Lee Valley and Amazon especially.
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#254475 - 03/30/09 01:51 PM Re: Got Wood? [Re: michael_d]
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Registered: 10/05/06
Posts: 484
Loc: Maple Ridge, BC
For you craftsmen:

DRILL PRESS: A tall upright machine useful for suddenly snatching flat metal bar stock out of your hands so that it smacks you in the chest and flings your beer across the room, denting the freshly-painted project which you had carefully set in the corner where nothing could get to it.
WIRE WHEEL: Cleans paint off bolts and then throws them somewhere under the workbench with the speed of light. Also removes fingerprints and hard-earned calluses from fingers.
ELECTRIC HAND DRILL: Normally used for spinning pop rivets in their holes until you die of old age.
SKILL SAW: A portable cutting tool used to make studs too short.
PLIERS: Used to round off bolt heads. Sometimes used in the creation of blood-blisters.
BELT SANDER: An electric sanding tool commonly used to convert minor touch-up jobs into major refinishing jobs.
HACKSAW: One of a family of cutting tools built on the Ouija board principle. It transforms human energy into a crooked, unpredictable motion, and the more you attempt to influence its course, the more dismal your future becomes.
VISE-GRIPS: Generally used after pliers to completely round off bolt heads. If nothing else is available.
OXYACETYLENE TORCH: Used almost entirely for lighting various flammable objects in your shop on fire. Also handy for thawing pipes while also burning surrounding materials.
TABLE SAW: A large stationary power tool commonly used to launch wood projectiles for testing wall integrity.
SKILL SAW: A powerful electrical powered device designed to rapid cut wood into pieces that are too short. The name has nothing to do with those that own them.
PHILLIPS SCREWDRIVER: Normally used, as the name implies, to strip out Phillips screw heads.
STRAIGHT SCREWDRIVER: A tool for opening paint cans. Sometimes used to convert common slotted screws into non-removable screws and butchering your palms.
HAMMER: Originally employed as a weapon of war, the hammer nowadays is used as a kind of divining rod to locate the most expensive parts adjacent to the object we are trying to hit.
UTILITY KNIFE: Used to open and slice through the contents of cardboard cartons; works particularly well on contents such as seats, vinyl records, liquids in plastic bottles, collector magazines, refund checks, and rubber or plastic parts, clothes and fingers.
DANG-IT TOOL: Any handy tool that you grab and throw across the garage while yelling 'DANG-IT' at the top of your lungs. It is also, most often, the next tool that you will need.

Can't take credit for this; here's the source.

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#254480 - 03/30/09 02:35 PM Re: Got Wood? [Re: Kruncher]
Zimm Offline
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Registered: 12/08/08
Posts: 1361
Loc: New Orleans
\:D
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#254482 - 03/30/09 02:39 PM Re: Got Wood? [Re: Zimm]
Ken.C Offline
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Registered: 05/03/03
Posts: 17782
Loc: NoVA
That's a good one, there.
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#254617 - 03/31/09 12:21 AM Re: Got Wood? [Re: Ken.C]
St_PatGuy Offline
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Registered: 03/07/05
Posts: 7405
Loc: Glendale, Arizona
That was REALLY enjoyable! \:D
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#254666 - 03/31/09 01:02 PM Re: Got Wood? [Re: St_PatGuy]
Zimm Offline
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Registered: 12/08/08
Posts: 1361
Loc: New Orleans
If anyone wants to see the Playset'O'Death or the possessed tree-stump table I mentioned above, I added a couple pics to my album (at p. 3).
I got wood.
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