Dovetails on the Leigh D4R jig #1: Start of a new series - the Leigh D4R dovetail jig

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Blog entry by Al Navas posted 05-23-2008 10:45 PM 1227 reads 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
no previous part Part 1 of Dovetails on the Leigh D4R jig series Part 2: Through dovetails »

Instead of posting these to the Forum, I found from others’ posts that it is a better practice to post on the personal blog. Duh! I hope no one will mind that I am doing this, to create a permanent record.

My thanks to all who viewed the two videos I made on flattening the workbench , and applying the finish to the flat bench top .

With this entry I start something new – please let me know how you like it: I have posted the first video, Introduction to the Leigh D4R dovetail jig . I will be posting the videos showing the procedures to make through dovetails, half-blind dovetails, and sliding dovetails.

I will also be posting the full video series of the Leigh Super Jigs dovetail jigs, and also of the templates for all the dovetail jigs, on my blog. I will follow up with videos on the FMT, and the vacuum systems available for them. Edit to add, for full disclosure: These are videos produced by Leigh Industries Ltd, one of my blog sponsors. I obtained their permission to post the series at my blog, as so many people don’t get a chance to view them.

Please let me know how you like the series. Many thanks to all!

-- Al Navas, Country Club, MO,

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Scott Bryan

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#1 posted 05-23-2008 11:26 PM


I haven’t looked at the video yet but I want to thank you for posting it. I am trying to justify spending the money for a dovetail jig and am undecided between the Omnijig and this one. I will watch the video later on but I am sure it will help with the decision.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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Al Navas

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#2 posted 05-24-2008 12:03 AM


I just posted a follow-up video , which shows in simple steps how to make “Through dovetails with the D4R Leigh jig”.

I have mentioned it before, but it may be worth repeating: Some people feel the D4 series of dovetail jigs have a steep learning curve. The key is to take the D4 and the D4R, as well as the rest of them, in progressive steps. All of a sudden this little light goes on, and you tell yourself “Man, THAT was easier than it appeared at first”.

I went through some of this for a few days, especially when making my first set of inlaid dovetails with my D4. I merged Part 1 and Part 2 when I submitted the video to's GlueTube video blog. But in two days I figured out how to break down the process into simple steps!

PLEASE, let me know if you need help in any way with the procedures after you get the jig. Best of luck, Scott!

-- Al Navas, Country Club, MO,

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#3 posted 05-24-2008 12:11 AM

great vid al thanks , looking forward to the series

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Al Navas

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#4 posted 05-24-2008 02:52 AM


I too am glad to have posted the first two, as the response has been terrific! I appreciate your feedback immensely.

-- Al Navas, Country Club, MO,

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