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#1 posted 03-03-2013 08:03 PM

I’ve got the Leigh D4 (older one pre D4R and now you say they have a D4Pro) as well. Unlike Wayne, I have to leave the book open at all times (for me it’s not intuitive at all). As for your “mirror” image concerns, it’s a single initial set-up that works for both the pins and tails (don’t mess with it). Everytime I use it I scratch my head as to why it works but it does. I assume you’re going half-blinds which does require a few “test” boards to get the depth corrrect. Once you are happy with fit, they tell you to save the test board and mark it with the cutter used so you can return to that depth setting on your router at a later date.

I did my kitchen drawers and only did half blinds in the front. I dadoed the backs figuring nobody seems them anyway and there are no stability issues at all once the dovetail gets “locked” in the front. It made assembly a lot easier also. Lock the dovetails (square is pretty much a given if you followed the set-up instructions but check it anyway) then measure/cut the backs. I don’t know about the Akeda BC24 but I am really impressed with the quality of the old D4.

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