Mastery Joinery Dovetail Set
Includes the MLCS steel Dovetail jig, six templates, three bushings and six router bits!
SAVE $56! MLCS self spacing edge guides allow precise offset for perfectly aligned joints. Includes our 12" steel jig, six solid aluminum templates, three guide bushings (5/16", 3/8" and 5/8"), six carbide tipped router bits (1/4"-8°, 1/2"-14°, 3/4"-14° dovetail and 1/4", 3/8" and 1/2" straight) and detailed instruction manual. The steel beams of our dovetail jig secure both work pieces snugly. Since both sides of the half-blind dovetail joint are cut at the same time, a perfect fit is assured for each joint. Detailed instructions are included for each template and joint.
Master Joinery Set with 1/4" bits
SAVE $56. List price $246 (6401).
The Master Joinery Set makes these joints:
1-1/8" on center for 1/2" to 3/4" thick stock
1/4" to 1/2" thick
1/4" to 1" thick
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By Michael McGuire (Vicksburg Mi US)
Instructions are horrible at best.should have spacers for 1/2" stock
I like the unit though engineering could have been much better
By GERMAN SANCHEZ (LAREDO TX US)
THIS IS ONE EXCELLENT PRODUCT AND VERY GOOD QUALITY.
By Peter Butzin (Tallahassee FL US)
The biggest plus for this system is that it is reasonably priced. With practice and patience it will produce the desired joinery.
Based on several years of using the system. However, a few words of caution are in order.
First the written directions are really bad. I actually had to download the instructions for the Porter Cable dovetail machine and templates to figure out how to use the MLCS System. Although the products are quite different those instructions supplemented those that came with the system. I notice that videos are now available, which likely area big improvement.
Second, the bars don't hold the stock vary well. I improved the machine by adding some steel reinforcing bars at my local hardware store. The fix was easy, and reaulted in stiffening the bars, but I would have preferred to have avoided the need for modification in the first place.
Third, the knobs that are used to tighten those flimsy bars have failed several times. If you over-tighten, the metric nuts within the plastic knobs strip. But, it's easy to over-tighten, because it's almost impossible to adequately hold the stock in place. Because the knobs are metric, the only source I was able to find was by calling MLCS, which, thankfully, is able to provide replacements at a reasonable cost. (Incidentally, if the stock slips even slightly, the process will fail miserably.
The bottom line is that if MLCS provided a beefed up system for holding the stock in place, even if those improvements cost a few extra dollars, I would have given this item 5 stars. There are better jigs out there, but they are much more expensive. I'm satisfied that I have made lots of drawers and several pieces of fine furniture using the MLCS System
By Ronald Rivera (Lima PE)
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By Rex Williams (Cabot AR US)
Will not work on 1/2" stock without working on this item.
MLCS NOTE: As noted in the Instruction Manual included with this product, additional spacers can be used when thin stock cannot be clamped due to the positioning and size of knobs. Our technical department also provided the customer other options for resolving this issue with his particular application.
By Bill Eckle (Columbus Oh US)
The jig and the templates are top notch. The reason I have given this only 3 stars is because the manual is terrible. The photograpic references are so out of focus that you can't see what they are trying to show so following setup instructions is difficult to say the least. The text is somewhat vague so without good illustrations it's difficult to set the jig up.