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Item Weight (lbs.): 5.5 lbs.

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For drawers up to 12 in. deep. Makes 1/2, 1/4 in. flush, offset and rabbeted dovetail joints. Requires dovetail bit 26318. Includes template for 1/2, 1/4 in. joints.

For drawers up to 12 in. deep. Makes 1/2, 1/4 in. flush, offset and rabbeted dovetail joints. Requires dovetail kit item# 26354. Includes template for 1/2, 1/4 in. joints

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Added on July 26, 2010

 

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11 Reviewers (28.0%) would recommend this to a friend.
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buddierob
Aug 10 , 2009
how to video
Does anyone know where I can view a video of this dovetail Template in action and how to use it cause I purchased one a while back and I just notice when I opened the box there are no instructions, plus it is much easier to watch a video than reading a manual anyways. PLEASE HELP ME...........
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bahhumbucker
Oct 18 , 2008
It works, but not a cadillac
I've had one of these for about 22 years. Despite some other reviewers' comments, it does work and will produce tight, clean half-blind dovetails. There are a few problems, which are not fatal. First, the wood clamps don't hold the wood tightly enough, and sometimes it shifts. This ruins the piece. The problem can be fixed by making a more solid clamp bar. While you're at it, put some handwheels or at least bigger wingnuts on there so you can get the clamps tighter with less struggle. Or you can cut up a PSA sanding disk and stick it to the clamp bar to improve the grip on the wood. The other big problem is that the ends of the board are slightly misaligned after you cut your doves. The ones sold today are exactly the same as the older ones like mine. There's a couple of ways to fix this. You can re-align the brackets on the template (a pain) which is the "correct" fix. Or you can file a bit off the red "A_B_C" part. Or, you can simply take the lazy way out (what I do) and cut the drawer parts a little wider than you need (1/8 inch does it on my jig) and trim everything up after you cut your dovetails. Not great on the part of Sears but not all that much of disaster, either.Contrary to other reviews, the adjustments do work and you can make pretty joints if you work carefully and gently. I use any 1/4 inch shank dovetail bit that I have or can find, you don't need the Sears bits. The supplied tamplates are ONLY for 1/2 and 1/4 half blind though... with NO spacing options. You can modify things creatively if you're so inclined, but in that case I would just spend the $$ on a Leigh, Akeda or Porter Cable. I should mention that with ANY dovetail jig it's absolutely critical that your boards are perfectly square. It also helps a lot if all your pieces are planed to the same thickness -- or your joint fit will vary from piece to piece. No half-blind jig can compensate for widely varying board thickness. If you have a planer, you're in good shape, if not, you'll have to select your wood carefully. For the money, this jig works but is clearly not the leader of the pack. Plenty good enough for the occasional kitchen full of drawers. If I was a pro I would get something else. This is an inexpensive jig, could be better but you definitely CAN make dovetails and it is less than half of the price of the big guys.
 
Feb 10 , 2014
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Pice of junk

The instructions are vage to say the least. Had it laying on shop for years. Decied to try it again remebered why it set so long


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fixNmowers

Odessa, TX

Sep 27 , 2012
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Good Starter

The Craftsman Dovetail Template was purchased becuase I wanted to learn how to make my own dovetail joints and it was on sale and I could not pass up the price. You can make drawers up to 12 in deep or use to make keep sake boxes or jewelry boexes. You can use  1/2 or 1/4 in.bits and make flush, offset and rabbeted dovetail joints. I know there are better templates out there, but I wanted to get one to learn how to use it and fine tune my skills, before I went and bought anything bigger or more expensive. Some may say this wasn't worth the cost, but it has worked just fine for me and it was on sale and is perfect for learning and starting out....


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brokentools

Glen Carbon, IL

Apr 2 , 2012
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garbage

Hard to use, cheaply made, waste of a hundred dollars. I purchased this with high hopes, I went back to using a hand saw and wood chisel. The parts are cheaply made plastic which breaks easily and the directions are far from helpful. I would return this item if it wasn't past the return date.


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tinylizard

prescott, Arizona

Dec 29 , 2011
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easy to use

This is a great product for dovetailing! I like it works with my router, rather than buying a whole new motor unit. Just make sure you join the pieces up right in regards to your wood or you will be off and end up with some scraps

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Uvotguy

Centre Hall, PA

Dec 12 , 2011
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Needs a Redesign

I am a TOTAL Craftsman junkie.  I am setting up a woodshop to make furniture for my family, so I just spent quite a bit of money on machines and tools.  When looking at dovetail jigs, I have to say that I was completely disappointed in the Craftsman model.  It just doesn't compare to other brands (Rockler and Porter Cable to be specific).  I'd say that this machine needs a serious revamp to come up to speed.


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searskjg

Bloomingdale, IL

Sep 14 , 2011
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Works bu takes time. Use these dovetail bits

I have the older model of this dovetail fixture. It's perhaps 10 years old. I have used it in the past and have had good results but it does take time to setup properly. I only have it 3 stars because of the poor instructions and thin sheetmetal clamping bar. As far as bits go, I found the following 3 piece dovetail router bit set at Sears.com and it even states they are for use with this fixture. 3 piece dovetail router bit set, model #25354 item # 00926354000. The set includes 1/4 in. straight bit, 1/2 in. dovetail bit, 9/16 in. dovetail bit plus a storage case. Fully heat-treated shanks and bodies for durability. Added 2/2009. Price is $26.99 and was on sale for $12.82 on 9/2011. Making dovetail joints is not for everyone. It is a complex machining technique and takes time to learn and do it well. Perhaps that's why you don't see dovetail joints on many pieces of furniture. This jig works so take the time to practice.


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Ronsin

Sulphur, LA

Jun 14 , 2011
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Craftsman Dovetail Template works fine

I am currently building a monster size built-in china hutch (8X12) and I wanted to make all the raised panel doors and drawers myself. I have done my share of woodwork but I have never attempted any kind of dovetail joints. Despite the numerous bad reviews I bought this product anyway because I am a firm believer that the Craftsman name equals quality.

I mounted the template to a piece of plywood so it would be easier to secure to my workbench. After a few hours of getting to know the tool, it took me roughly 2 hours to set it up and make small adjustments, I was making satisfactory tight half blind dovetail joints!

I can understand why, to some, it would be a challenge setting up this dovetail template. I don't think this particular product is designed to be used by the novice woodworker but by a seasoned veteran looking to expand his knowlege and skill.

I didn't use any of the techniques described in some of the other reviews by modifying the template in any kind of way. As far as the steel hold-down clamps go, I think they are designed to bend in order to secure the wood to the template. They work quite well actually!

If your looking for a challenging new skill to aquire I would definatley pickup one of these. It's a quality piece to have in your wood shop!

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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dozer789

Tustin, MI

Mar 14 , 2011
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good buy


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buddierob

Alexandria, Ontario Canada

Aug 10 , 2009
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how to video

Does anyone know where I can view a video of this dovetail Template in action and how to use it cause I purchased one a while back and I just notice when I opened the box there are no instructions, plus it is much easier to watch a video than reading a manual anyways. PLEASE HELP ME...........

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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retiredtoo

, Northwestern Illinois

Dec 25 , 2008
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Does great once it's set

I have used this jig several times over the years and it does a good job. The original set up took awhile but once it was set up I left it alone. I had a router that I left the bit in so everything is ready to go when needed. I always get perfectly acceptable joints with it and I can't see the need to spend more money. Just be sure the clamps are tight and follow the directions!

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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