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porter cable stair ease router template

In my beginning years as a home builder, the man i worked for bought me a stair jig, we built 3 to 4,000 sq ft. homes in ct. i became the stair man , when the rest of the crew would move on to the next home to be built, i would stay and build the stairs . i use to do it with a square and brass knocks, as we called it, mark them all out and i then would make a bunch of cuts , within the marks i made, with a skill saw and then chisel all the meterial out, long process to say..  then my boss found the ( porter cable stair ease router template jig ) WOW, what a pleasure that jig was, took a quarter of the time to do, then the previous method. i was about 20 years old when this new jig fell into my lapp. and now i am 48 , and i have to find another one like it !! i found one on e-bay, for $300.00 , way to much money , that jigg used to be around $100.00 .  if anyone knows where i can get one, please contact me, at steven44@roadrunner.com  , i have told a kreg rep about this jig, and hopefully they come up with something like it, at a price we can afford.. it's a must have jig for woodworkers that build stairs...  i know this isn't a product review, but it's a product wish !!!!!!!  and i think kreg can come out with a simmular jig !!!!!!

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Comment by Ken Darga on April 25, 2012 at 9:03pm

Steve, 

The frame was made from ''cast iron'',

thus the reason for the high asking price.

If you can find one today, for $300---get it.

  If you have a pattern, one can be made/machined from 1/4'' alum plate.

It has to be made, so that the template can be use for both the left and right risers, using the same template.

Locate mounting holes/fastening holes, in 2 places on the template, one on the rise and one on the run,  

 to accommodate #10 FH wood screws.  

Fasten the template to the riser with the wood srews, and route the slots.  Remove the screws and reposition the template for the next area.

Layout reference guide lines can be marked on the stair risers, to locate/position the template. 

Comment by Ken Darga on April 25, 2012 at 8:46pm

Steve,

I had the pic in my ''router jigs file''---

don't know where you may find one, at this time.

Check ''ebay''.

Sears use to sell service parts for this item---

http://www.searspartsdirect.com/partsdirect/part-model/Porter-cable...

Perhaps they may still be available.

Call
1-800-252-1698

Comment by steven michaud on April 25, 2012 at 8:06am

hey ken, did you find out where this jig can be bought ??  i see you found a picture of it, that is a GREAT stair jig !!!!!!!

Comment by Ken Darga on April 25, 2012 at 7:51am
Comment by Gary roofner on April 24, 2012 at 9:00am

Can you post a picture how hard would it be to make something similar.

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