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Woodstock International W1099 12″ Dovetail Jig

Tool: Woodstock International W1099 12″ Dovetail Jig

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[rating:60/100]

Description:
Limited to 5/8″ stock up to almost 12″ wide. Plastic template guide and ineffective “unique cam-action clamping system.”

Experience:
I used this jig once. The experience was abysmal. I set it on a shelf for 10 years, then sold it on eBay. Why? Because, as memory serves, it would only accept up to 5/8″ thick boards. I’m not sure about you but I’ve never put a 1/2″ drawer face on. Sure I make drawer boxes out of 1/2″ stock and then add a 3/4″ face to them but if you’re going to use a dovetail jig then why limit it to such thin stock. In order to use this jig I had to thickness plane my 3/4″ stock to fit in the jig. In other words, you can’t use this jig for anything other than making drawer boxes and at that point, why bother using a jig to make a 4″ joint? The W1099 jig is also limited to 12″ pieces making it worthless for larger projects… no, you can’t slide the piece over and continue, it’s a one shot 1/2″ thick up to 12″ wide edge and that’s it. Used once… then discarded.

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Links:
Apparently the company has replaced the model W1099 with the newer D2796 that accepts up to 1 1/4″ material. Guess they figured out the limitation of 5/8″ stock made the original less than desirable.

Note: I realize this is a crappy review but this thing was a piece of crap. Also the review is written a decade after my first and only use of the jig. Basically, I’m just documenting the fact I made the mistake of buying this tool.