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Dovetails on the Leigh D4R jig #4: Sliding dovetails

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Blog entry by Al Navas posted 05-28-2008 01:53 PM 1998 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I just added this episode: Sliding dovetails on the D4R jig. You can see how easy it is to make this versatile joint!

From my blog

Sliding dovetails are a great option when dealing with end grain joints, or with fixed shelves or dividers on a chest of drawers. I made a large sliding dovetail on the partition of the changing table I made some time ago.The D4R jig makes it simple and easy to create sliding dovetails:

1. Select the router bit and a suitable guide bushing
2. Route the dovetail slot – the board is clamped horizontally
3. Route the tail at the same bit depth, and with the same router bit – the board is clamped vertically

To fine-tune the fit, adjust the tail size by moving the finger assembly either forward or backward in small increments. It is possible to make adjustments as small as 0.001″ (one thousand of an inch!).

-- Al Navas, Country Club, MO, http://sandal-woodsblog.com



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Scott Bryan

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#1 posted 05-28-2008 02:03 PM

Al,

You have about convinced me that the D4R is the next best thing since sliced bread. I am sure that there is a learning curve associated with the jig but that is true of any tool. Right now I am a little pressed for time so I will look at the video later on today. But this is a very interesting and informative series.

-- 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 05-28-2008 04:51 PM

Scott,

It probably is! LOL I am sure glad you are enjoying the series.

You may also want to watch the videos for the Super Jigs, which I will post in the next few days. Those have neat features, such as half-blind dovetails in a single pass for both the tails AND the pins!

Leigh has a neat Comparison Chart that shows the features of each of the jigs, and helps to visually identify the main differences amongst all the dovetail jigs.

-- Al Navas, Country Club, MO, http://sandal-woodsblog.com

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#3 posted 05-28-2008 11:20 PM

thanks for the video Al. i have basically the grandfather of the D4R, its about 20 years old and is the same one that David Marks has. these videos are fun to watch and see how things are different between to two. thanks for the post.

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Scott Bryan

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#4 posted 05-29-2008 11:18 AM

I finally made time to look at the video. It was informative and well produced.

Thanks for the post.

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

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nadnodbe

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#5 posted 09-10-2010 07:04 PM

Has the video been removed? I could only find the stock, short Leigh video?

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