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Winter 2013-2014

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Dovetail Jig for a Router Table

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The new Route-R-Joint from Woodline USA, $179, is a unique dovetailing jig. Instead of handling a router on top of the jig, you invert the jig on top of your router table.  The Route-R-Joint can cut half-blind and through dovetails, along with heart shaped and other unique corner joints.  And there's an incredible lifetime warranty on the templates, even if you plow into them with a router bit.  Wow! I like the stability provided by inverted routing.  A hand-held router on a jig can tip and ruin your work.  There's little chance of tipping with the Route-R-Joint.The Route-R-Joint excels at providing lots of different corner joints in one package, for a pretty reasonable price.  Setting up the joint is a little bit fussier on the Route-R-Joint than on conventional half-blind dovetail jigs, but it didn't take me too long to get used to it.  The owner's manual for the jig is OK, but the DVD that's included does a better job of explaining assembly and use of the Route-R-Joint. Standard equipment with the jig includes the required guide bushings, one dovetail and one straight bit, and templates for through and half-blind dovetails and heart shaped joints.  Twelve additional template shapes are available, $18 per set. The jig depends on Porter Cable-style guide bushings mounted in the router table, so your table insert has to be capable of accepting them.  The guide bushings are included with the jig.

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Woodline USA, (800) 472-6950, www.woodline.com Route-R-Joint, $179, Additional templates, $18/set.