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Awesome! a solid performer after 20 years!

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Review by teenagewoodworker posted 06-21-2008 12:48 AM 3621 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
Awesome! a solid performer after 20 years! Awesome! a solid performer after 20 years! Awesome! a solid performer after 20 years! Click the pictures to enlarge them

I know, I know, Its not a true D4R that i have but its the exact same thing except for some improvements in the new D4R which i will mention. like i said the D4R is a solid performer. it takes a while to set up but once you are set up you can consistently and accurately cut as many dovetails as you want. and once you get some experience under your belt set up is a breeze. i love the adjustability so you can have almost any configuration you want and its great to have the whole 24” so you can handle almost anything and you can still do some cool stuff on smaller boards. its only setback it that it is big so cutting dovetails on say a 2” board is a little weird but you can still do it. it is a very hefty machine too. the one that i have has more plastic than the newer one. the newer D4R is one full casting for the base with machined stops. great for repeatability and it shows the quality. the clamps hold down the pieces really nice and tight so they won’t move when routing. in the end if you take your time and so the proper test cuts you’ll get some nice dovetails. remember to keep your manual though, you will live and die by it as it shows all the different bit sizes and settings. i would say if you have the money and have a lot of dovetails to cut especially on large drawers (8” and up) it is a great purchase!




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#1 posted 06-21-2008 02:55 AM

You lucky dog, you!

How did you manage to get TWO Leigh dove tailing jigs!!

Lew

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 06-21-2008 03:01 AM

no i only have one. thats two pictures of the same one. i just studied the newer one thats how i know about it.

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#3 posted 06-21-2008 02:46 PM

It looks like we have the same model.
One thing I learned in a course on how to use it was to polish the fingers til they shined like the back of a chisel. Once I did that the jig worked sooo much better.

Lee

-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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#4 posted 06-21-2008 02:50 PM

wow how do you do that? i cleaned it up a bit when i got it but never thought of polishing it

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#5 posted 06-22-2008 03:53 AM

I own a D4R, bought it last year. It is intimidating, but once you have a project like a Highboy, with lots of drawers, it will come 2nd nature. I’m still debating whether I should buy the router bit set for it. All I own now are 3 bits. I want to try some mini dovetails for my next jewelry chest project. I love my jig, if only I could get my P/C 690 concentric, thats gonna be a feat!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#6 posted 06-29-2008 05:09 AM

i’ve got the mini dovetails for it, they do great. that’s what i used on the prayer box under my projects. I am interested on how you polish the fingers. I’ve had mine 3 years and never thought to do that.

-- Joey, Magee, Ms http://woodnwaresms.com

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#7 posted 06-30-2008 03:15 AM

You know how to polish the back of a chisel until it shines? You keep rubbing it on your wetstone or oilstone until it is mirror smooth.
You do each of the fingers the same. Then you put them on the bar in the order that keeps them most nearly the same size to each other. They should almost look like stainless steel.

Will it improve the end product? Only as much as shining the back of a chisel improves the end product.

Lee

-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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#8 posted 07-04-2008 03:58 AM

OK… Were did you manage to find one of these used?

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#9 posted 07-04-2008 04:16 AM

craigslist!

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