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Porter Cable Dovetail Jig: Cutting Pins and Sockets


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This is part three in a three- part series that will prepare you to successfully create through dovetails using a Porter Cable 4212 dovetail jig. Part one covered the initial setup of the jig, part two provided instruction on how to cut the tail portion of the through dovetail joint using the Porter Cable dovetail jig, and this video discusses cutting the pins and sockets and pulling the joint together.

Using a Router to Make it Easy and Repeatable
While some craftsmen cut these intricate joints using a mallet and woodworking chisels, many modern day woodworkers utilize the efficiency of cutting them using a router along with a specialized router jig that is developed specifically for cutting perfectly interlocking pins and tails. Once mastered, the Porter Cable dovetail jig can make the process of creating properly fitting pins and tails a nearly foolproof endeavor. As with any aspect of the woodworking craft, however, dovetail joinery (even with a router jig) requires some knowledge and practice. This video series provides the required knowledge; the practice is up to you.

Dovetails: The Ultimate Woodworking Joint
The longstanding popularity of dovetails is no coincidence. The joint provides beauty and indicates quality construction. In addition to its aesthetic value, it is also one of the most durable joints in woodworking. The interlocking angles of the pins and tails are designed to withstand the stress placed on the joint over years of strenuous use. That is why many craftsmen choose this joint exclusively for some of the most demanding joinery applications.

Continuing Your Dovetail Education
If you’re interested in learning more about the Porter Cable dovetail jig we also have a video on setting up for half blinds. Once you have mastered this versatile jig, you might be interested in exploring some additional woodworking jigs, and WWGOA has plenty of videos on other woodworking jigs as well.