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Model#: PCBN4216

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Porter-Cable 4216 12 in. Deluxe Dovetail Jig Combination Kit

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  • Includes template 4211 for half-blind, rabbeted half-blind and sliding dovetails
  • Includes template 4213 for through dovetails and box joints
  • Includes template 4215 for miniature through and half-blind dovetails, and miniature box joints
  • Template alignment lines and router bit depth gauges allow for quick, easy set-up
  • Router bit depth gauges allow the user to set bit depth without measuring
  • On-board instructions provide clear user guidance for the various applications
  • Machined aluminum templates provide superior cutting accuracy and long term durability
  • Durable, single-piece steel base design requires no assembly and allows clamping or bolting directly to the work bench
  • Accommodates stock from 1/4 in. to 1-1/8 in. thick
  • Heavy-duty cam-type clamps with sandpaper-backed locking bars provide firm grip of wood
  • 12 in. Deluxe Dovetail Jig - 4216
  • Through Dovetail/Box Joint Template - 4213
  • Miniature Template - 4215
  • Half-Blind/Sliding Dovetail Template - 4211
  • (4) Router Bits - 43776PC, 43743PC, 43014PC and 43777PC
  • (4) Template Guides - 42037, 42040, 42046 and 42054
  • (2) Lock Nuts - 42237
  • Wrench
  • Instruction Manual


Max. Workpiece Size: 1-1/8 in.
Min. Workpiece Size: 1/4 in.



4.5 / 5.0
41 Reviews
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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend (35)
Easy To Use (18)
Powerful (4)
Lightweight (3)
Best Uses
Small Projects (8)
Large Projects (7)
Home Repair (5)
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
Makes a good woodworker great!
I'm a long time hobbyist-woodworker, with a well equipped shop. I've made furniture for years, but never ventured into that "forbidden territory" of dovetail drawers. Finally, I took the plunge! Becoming a grandpapa lately, I promised my son and his wife a baby bedroom set, and they chose a changing table with drawers. I decided that I would and could do it heirloom quality, and that meant dovetailing. After significant on-line research, I chose the Porter-Cable set, with the miniature template, as well, so that I can eventually make tiny furniture for my granddaughter to play with. The learning curve for the dovetail setup is a bit steep, but within a day, I had made my first set of drawers, and within a week had the four drawers for the changing table finished and, I might say, suitable for generations to come. As others have reported, the manual could be done better, and a DVD would be extremely beneficial, too. (At a cost of less than 50 cents to mass-produce a DVD, it would be a cost-effective thing to do.) Also, be sure to get for YOUR particular router the appropriate 1-3/16" Router Sub-Base. [...]
May 4, 2009
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
Easy To Use
Excellent easy to use dovetail jig
I have wanted a dovetail jig for quite awhile. I finally picked up one that strongly resembled the Porter Cable, but that is sold at HF. That jig turned out to be worthless, so I invested in the PC. I had read reviews of people confused by the diections, but after watching a couple of youtube videos, I had no problem in set up. My first half blind tails were far too tight, and realized the depth guide was set at amost double the height it should have been. After dialing it in I was able to cut tight fitting beautiful half blinds. Full dovetails requires you to flip the template, change to the other included bit, and be sure to change the template guide. Great repeatability as I whipped through 8 drawers.

For all those owners who have said that this jig sits under their workbench unused due to confusing instructions, all I have to say is check out YouTube to clear everything up.

The sets come with everything you need, as long as your router is PC. If you use a different brand router I believe you will need an adapter to mount the template guide, and some people have mentioned some difficulty in centering the guide properly, but I experienced none of that.
September 19, 2013
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
Easy To Use
Quick, Easy & Quality
First, I received the 12" Deluxe Dovetail Jig quicker then expected and received it in excellent condition. Second, it is so easy to use that I made perfect fitting joints the first time. Third, as you would expect from Porter Cable it is made to very high standards and quality. I am very happy with this purchase.
April 23, 2009
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
Easy To Use
4216 Experience
This was my first experience with a dovetail jig but I found the instructions very clear, consice, and easy to follow. On my first try, I created a very nice joint. I'm still learning, however, even as a professional mechanic of 34 years, I think we all keep learning. I enjoy using my jig and learning things on it (I also enjoy learning new things period). This is an easy to use jig that a person can grow with. I would recommend it to anyone, beginner or professional.
May 6, 2009
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
Easy To Use
Best Uses
Home Repair
I have used this jig to build four dressers. This is turning out to be a big mistake! As my wife loved the drawers so much she is now going through my wood working magazines & finding more progects for me to build. Seriously, this has worked as advertised, has been easy to set up, and has produced wonderful results! I have been very pleased with this product, going so far as to make a fixture to hold the jig & all the components that came with this( model 4216 ). I would highly recommend this product.
December 8, 2011
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
Easy To Use
You get what you were looking for
I found this jig easy to use. Read some complaints about the writing being hard to read on the templates. That is being prertty picky. Bought this model to get the minature template. Then I ended up using the regular through dovetail to make a toy chest. This does what it says it does. My only regret is that I did not think it would be so easy to do dovetails otherwise I might have opted for a larger (18"+) to beable to be more creative with the dovetails. That being said I would highly recommend this dovetail jig.
December 12, 2009
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
Easy To Use
Porter Cable rocks
I've been woodworking for about 4 months now and am consequently light on experience and intuition. So the jig I bought pretty much had to be idiot proof. Lacking clear instructions, I obtained an instructional dvd for a comparable jig from a different manufacturer....that gave me a "leg up" on how these things worked. Then the PC manual was more intuitive. My first joint was OK but misaligned. I corrected my mistake and the 2nd one was "perfect" (half blind dovetail). This is going to expand my horizon....thanks Porter Cable....nice jig. Dale
February 27, 2010
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
Easy To Use
A product I would buy again
The thing I like about it is that it's easy to use, the instructions are clear and concise, and it makes using it a joy. I would definitly buy one of these again.
May 26, 2009
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
Easy To Use
"High quality and Versitile"
I was very satisfied and equally impressed with this product. I have already completed several projects with great outcomes to all. This is a well designed piece with quality accessories. I liked it so much that I purchased a second one for my father as a gift. I Can't wait to start my next project now.
February 25, 2010
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
Easy To Use
This tool is a good choice
Thought the jig was easy to set up. Precision is very good. The manual is informative. The mini template is limited to wood at least 1/2" thick for half dovetail tails. It would be nice to be able to go down to 1/4".
February 27, 2010

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Is porter cable part# 42055 available? If not is there a new # to replace it?
Robert on Mar 21, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The Porter Cable 42055 has been discontinued with no replacement currently.
can I use a makita or dewalt router or do I need a porter-cable router for the guides to work
Marvin on Nov 21, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Yes, you can change routers but you would also need to change the template guides that come with this model.
What model Porter Cable router would be best suited for this dovetail jig?
Dave on May 28, 2013
BEST ANSWER: The router that is recommended to be used with this kit is model number PCBN7539.
Are parts available for this model or has it followed the fate of the Omnijig?
GPete on Apr 15, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Please contact Porter Cable directly at 888-848-5175 for replacement parts
Will you ship this product to Canada?
Jon Lee on Nov 24, 2013
BEST ANSWER: Currently we do not ship to Canada.
does the unit cut the tails and pin at the same time?
can the mini do full though and can it be used on 1/4 material?
Ed on Feb 2, 2013
BEST ANSWER: No, the tails and pins need cannot be cut at the same time. Yes, this tool will cut 1/4" stock.
Is it possible to dovetail wider pieces of material by resetting the piece of stock or is 12" the limit.
None on Sep 29, 2012
BEST ANSWER: Twelve inches is the largest piece of material that will fit into this Jig.


Standard Warranty - PORTER-CABLE LIMITED THREE YEAR WARRANTY (1 year for reconditioned products

PORTER-CABLE will repair, without charge, any defects due to faulty materials or workmanship for three years from the date of purchase. This warranty does not cover part failure due to normal wear or tool abuse. For further detail of warranty coverage and warranty repair information, visit or call (888) 848-5175. This warranty does not apply to accessories or damage caused where repairs have been made or attempted by others. This warranty gives you specific legal rights and you may have other rights which vary in certain states or provinces.

In addition to the warranty, PORTER-CABLE tools are covered by our:

  • 1 YEAR FREE SERVICE: PORTER-CABLE will maintain the tool and replace worn parts caused by normal use, for free, any time during the first year after purchase.
  • 90 DAY MONEY BACK GUARANTEE: If you are not completely satisfied with the performance of your PORTER-CABLE Power Tool, Laser, or Nailer for any reason, you can return it within 90 days from the date of purchase with a receipt for a full refund – no questions asked.
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