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Posted on Akeda Dovetail Jigs - Do they Exist or is there good substitute?

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#1 posted 01-17-2012 05:33 PM

I’m familiar with the Akeda because a friend has one. I’m also familiar with the Leigh because I have one. It is not obvious to me why the Leigh would be considered harder to set up than the Akeda.

On the Leigh, it is important to set the guide plate in just the right position to get the pins just right. It takes a little trial and error. My discovery is that, once I have it right, I cut a block of wood that is just the right width to set between the guide plate and the base of the jig. This block of wood becomes a spacer that makes it very easy to repeat the set up at a later point in time.

Of course, additional spacers are needed for working with different bits and different thicknesses of material.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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