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#1 posted 03-03-2013 10:05 PM

I have an older model Leigh D4 jig and it works well. I would have to say that there is a learning curve and you need patience and practice to get good results. As was mentioned above, it is nice to be able to vary the sizes of the dovetails. I’ll attach a couple of photos of an example. As far as setting up the jig, I sorta stumbled upon an easy way to make certain that the spacing is symmetrical and identical end to end. I roughly set the fingers in place to find a pleasing arrangement. Then the end fingers are locked in place. (You need to do this carefully so they are the same on each end.) I then measure the gaps between the sets of fingers and cut small spacers out of scrap. I don’t ever measure again. I place the spacer against the end finger set and slide the next pair over and tighten them down. Working in from each end gives a perfect result every time.

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