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PORTER-CABLE 4212 12-Inch Deluxe Dovetail Jig

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  • Solid, durable construction
  • Steel base, CNC machined aluminum templates
  • Cut through dovetails, box joints, half-blind dovetails, and more
  • Includes: 2 carbide-tipped bits, 2 template guides, 2 lock nuts, user guide
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PORTER-CABLE 4212 12-Inch Deluxe Dovetail Jig + PORTER-CABLE 690LR 11-Amp Fixed-Base Router + PORTER-CABLE 42000 9-Piece Template Guide Kit
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Product Information

Technical Details
Part Number 4212
Item Weight1 pounds
Product Dimensions22.3 x 11.8 x 10.8 inches
OriginVietnam
Item model number4212
ColorSilver
Item Package Quantity1
Warranty Description1-year warranty
  
Additional Information
ASINB0006AAS8S
Best Sellers Rank #10,827 in Home Improvement (See top 100)
Shipping Weight24.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
ShippingThis item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
Date First AvailableJuly 2, 2004
  
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Product Description

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Ideal for woodworking, furniture and cabinet making, the Porter Cable 4212 12-inch dovetail jig kit enables cutting a wide variety of joinery for drawers, boxes, and furniture. This package includes a template 4211 for half-blind, rabbeted half-blind and sliding dovetails and the 4213 template for through dovetails and box joints.

Porter-Cable 4212
Durable, single-piece steel base design requires no assembly (view larger).

Able to accommodate stock from 1/4 to 1-1/8 inches thick, this jig's heavy-duty cam-type clamps with sandpaper-backed locking bars provide a firm grip of wood. On-board instructions provide clear user guidance for the various applications and machined aluminum templates provide superior cutting accuracy and long-term durability. Its router bit depth gauge allows users to set bit depths without measuring and its durable, single-piece steel base design requires no assembly and allows clamping or bolting directly to the work bench.

Warranty

This Porter-Cable tool is backed by three-year limited warranty covering any defects due to faulty materials or workmanship (from the date of purchase). It's also covered by Porter-Cable's one-year free service contract, where Porter-Cable will maintain the tool and replace worn parts caused by normal use--for free.

What's in the Box

Porter-Cable 4212 dovetail jig combination kit with jig base; two templates (4211 and 4213); two router bits (43776PC and 43743PC); two template guides ( 42040 and 42046); two lock nuts; wrench; operating instructions

Porter-Cable 4212
On-board instructions provide clear guidance for various applications
(router not included; view larger).
At a Glance
4212 Dovetail Jig Combination Kit
At a Glance:
  • Includes 12-inch dovetail jig plus two templates

  • Template alignment lines and router bit depth gauges allow for quick, easy set-up

  • Durable, single-piece steel base design requires no assembly

  • Clamps or bolts directly to work bench

  • Accommodates stock from 1/4- to 1-1/8-inch thick

  • Three-year limited warranty; one-year free service
At a Glance

From the Manufacturer

Ideal for woodworking, furniture and cabinet making, the Porter Cable 4212 12-inch dovetail jig kit enables cutting a wide variety of joinery for drawers, boxes, and furniture in stock from -1/4- to 1-1/8 inches thick with a router (sold separately). The kit includes a template 4211 for half-blind, rabbeted half-blind and sliding dovetails and the 4213 template for through dovetails and box joints. The unit’s template alignment lines and intuitive router bit depth setting gauges deliver industry leading ease of set-up and enable depth settings without measurements. On-board instructions provide clear guidance while machined aluminum template provides superior cutting accuracy and long term durability. All bit needed to make joinery above are included. All bit needed to make joinery above are included. Ninety-day money back guarantee, 3 year limited warranty, 1 year free service contract.

Customer Reviews

Very simple and easy to use.
Sharon
The manual is well written and the instructions are easy to follow and precise.
Scott Pointon
I set it up and cut thru dovetails perfect on the first attempt.
P. Powell

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

185 of 188 people found the following review helpful By Scott Pointon VINE VOICE on March 6, 2006
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I purchased the P-C 4212 jig primarily to help me make drawers quickly and accurately. Before buying it I was worried that the jig would be too fussy or time consuming to set up properly, or that it might not make good joints. After reading lots of reviews I decided to take the plunge and I am happy to say that my fears were mostly unwarranted. So far the performance of this jig has been excellent. The manual is well written and the instructions are easy to follow and precise. By taking my time and following the steps to the letter, I made near perfect half-blind dovetails on my first try. With a bit of troubleshooting and tweaking (which are explained in the manual), I soon had great looking joints coming from this thing.

One word of advice, every cut made with this jig must be backed up or you will get some serious blowout from the router bit exiting the rear of the board. In a normal operation such as making half blind dovetails, the pin board and the tail board are clamped together in the jig to provide this support, but remember that since they are offset, the last "tail" cut is not backed and will blowout if you don't add a scrap board to back it up. Also, don't forget to go to the P-C website and download the advanced joint manual. It really explains all of the fancy joints you can accomplish with this jig.

Overall, I am very pleased with this purchase, both from a performance and value-for-the-dollar standpoint.
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176 of 183 people found the following review helpful By David Hartke on February 1, 2005
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I bought this jig several weeks ago. It was easy to set up and use. To date I have only made half blind dovetail joints. Everything worked fine. I felt the manual was not as clear as it could have been but after a few mistakes I was able to make flawless joints. The quality of the unit appears to be quite good. Nothing flimsy or cheap. I was attracted to the carbided tipped bits but a little concerned that I may find a delay in getting the 'custom' PC bits if something happens to the original bits (I notice that Amazon does not offer the bits for sale yet!). I am a little concerned that PC did not provide lock nuts for the templet stops but, surprisingly, the set nuts have not wandered from their set points. Also, the knobs that set the tension position on the material clamps have a tendency to loosen up and if one is not careful the material may not be secured as tight as it should be. Finally, it would have been nice if PC had put the part numbers on the templets so that a novice could easlily identify them. Overall, a good product at a reasonable price.

Since I originally reviewed this item I have read where many other people have had almost no success in obtaining the dovetail bits for this unit. I have also learned that PC and Delta are now being bought out by DeWalt on 4/1/05 which might only add to the difficulty (at least temporarily) of getting these bits. Fortunately, I called PC and they sent me to their distributor in Atlanta which had 8 of the 43776PC bits. You can reach them at 404-608-0006.
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100 of 102 people found the following review helpful By Marvin Schaefer on March 19, 2005
First let me tell you what NOT to buy. I first bought the Craftsman Professional Dovetail Fixture. (...) What a piece of crap! Cheap plastic, difficult to adjust accurately. I spent an afternoon and two evenings trying to get it right, and never was successful. Returned it to Sears and ordered the PC 4212. What a difference. Solid steel, easy to use. After an hour of setup and familiarization, gave it a try with some scrap and it worked perfectly. Emboldened, I made a drawer. Perfect on the first try. To those concerned about the PC router bits, I notice that Home Depot in our area is now carrying a complete line of PC router bits. Bottom line, I am very pleased with this jig.
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67 of 69 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 13, 2008
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Jan'2008

I'll preface this by saying this is the first DT jig I've used. Everyone I know says that once you get it setup and use a dedicated router that it will product 100's of perfect joints. I'm hoping so.

I was having a hard time getting it to produce a good half blind DT. Gave up after 2.5 hours and several feet of wood. Came back the next day looking for why and found the left offset guide was bad. The offset guide keeps the tail (vertical) board 1/2" to the right of the pin (horizontal) board. The two guide edges were not parrallel. A few wacks with a hammer in a metal vice got it close. Some masking tape took care of the rest. PC says the part is on backorder till JUNE!!! I have to wait 6 months to get a critical part?

The next problem is the offset guide hold down mechanism which is one hex bolt. It does not force the guide edges to be 90 degrees to the template. In fact, when you tighten the bolt it puts clockwise pressure on the guide taking it out of square to the template. To correct this I used a machinists square against the template ) to get it right. Easily doable but should have been in the instructions or used a better design. The PC tech I talked with suggested putting a washer under the bolt head to reduce the twisting action.

The third issue is the template.

The template is fastened to the face and unsupported in the back. using a Wixey angle guage I found it is slanted amlost 2 degrees to the back. A little bending fixed that.

Also, the the template was bowed up in the middle of the front by 1/32". I cautiously bent it back down in the middle.
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