Rated 4.1 out of 5 by 38
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by rayaz PC Jig not so hot
The jig is a mix of good and bad. Some of the parts, such as the templates seem well made. But, the base is way too flexible, the clamps do not work smoothly and require using scrap wood as spacers to prevent misalignment. It is very difficult, for lack of a proper guide, to hold the vertical piece plum when the board is narrow. Why isn't there a real "fence" instead of a little stop block?
You will very likely go through a lot of scrap wood tweaking this jig into proper adjustment.
Instructions were adequate and useful. The included bits were quite good, but not excellent.
I guess the price should be an indicator of what to expect. Wish I could have seen one before buying online but there weren't any in our town.
October 4, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by DIY Very good product.
This is a very good tool. I am retired and setting up a workshop to build cabinets and furniture and so I wanted to add dove tail joints to my skill set.
The jig was easy to assemble however, the directions for using it could be improved. I went online and watched several videos before I finally figured out how to set the jig up and properly layout my pieces.
I used the miniature joint jig first (the one that takes the 1/4" bits) and found that the factory settings for the bit depth were not accurate and I went through a lot of scrap blocks and test joints before I got it right, but it was worth the effort.
The standard joint jig (the one that uses the 1/2" bits) was much easier to use and set up and the factory settings were perfect.
Take note of the suggested increments in width for the boards being used, to get good looking joints. I didn't the first time around and scrapped the pieces and went to Home Depot and bought some more lumber and read the instructions the next time and they came out perfect.
September 14, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Dad Porter Cable Dovetail jig Deluxe
Good product. Easier to use than I thought it would be. Glad I got the deluxe with the extra templates. I would recommend this to any woodworker serious or hobbyist!
August 9, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by CharlieS Great jig but needs a little more finishing
I purchased this jig to make dovetails and box joints. Out of the box the jig was set up pretty close to being right on with the depth settings to set the router bit. I had to tweak it a bit due do the thickness of the wood. Once I read the manual and watched some YouTube videos, the unit worked as designed. The only real major drawback is the markings on the jig and each of its fixtures are very hard see and read. I would say better laser engraving and a contrasting color to highlight the markings and writing on the jig would improve it. The other minor drawback is chip / dust collection. It does make a lot of chips and there isn't a current adapter that could clamp to it for dust collection. Overall, I'm pleased with the results so far. Only made a few joints in different species of woods and they turned out well.
July 20, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by packman4 Worked Great!
This was my first dove tail project. I made two display cases out of walnut. The through dovetails came out perfect. The directions could be a little better for a novice, but with a little experimentation the results were remarkable. These cases will last a lifetime.
March 1, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Block Worth the money
It took me bout 15 mins to get set up. After about 30 mins of messing around with it I got it dialed in. I made templates to help with setup for next time, something I would recommend. I plan on using all the jigs it came with in the next month.
The directions aren't the best, but there are plenty of videos all over the internet on setup tips and tricks. You cant beat the quality for the price. I even know a handful of cabinet makers that rely heavily on this setup.
Doesn't come with the bits needed to do the box joint, but I had one and that was the first one I used
January 28, 2014
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by KatyBri Terrific Tool Terrible Instructions
The delivery of the tool was fast. It was very heavy and well made. I bought their best combo with box joint template, etc. About $180. The first thing I did was read the manual. It looked like a poor copy of the original (B&W). It looked impressive- a lot of pictures and many pages. But after wading through it, I found it impossible to understand. I then download the on line manuals, including the advanced manual. Same thing. I returned the unit (great return policy at Home Depot). I hope someone from Porter Cable sees this, because I would really like to use a jig like this, especially where you can rout both pieces at one. I suggest they look at the color manual provided with the older Leigh D4 jig and use it as an example. Hope this helps.
March 29, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Tablemaker Not worth the money
Bought one of these for a project I was working on. It is solidly made but the dovetails were never right. Even using the bits provided by the manufacturer could not get properly fitting dovetails. I tried it several times and always got the same result. Set up is not the easiest and the manual is very confusing. Ended up throwing this thing in the garbage, where it belongs. Very disappointing for something from Porter Cable. Sears used to have a great one but they don't make it any more.
April 25, 2016