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02-17-2010 12:01 AM

I’m a newbie….want to start using dovetails, I have a used Incra system…the whole thing is so complicating I just have not taken the plunge. Should I go the jig route…leigh, etc. HELP!!!!

-- Kirk..... " Hope I die before I get old "


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#1 posted 02-17-2010 12:17 AM

well the jig route is much easier than hand cut some would say others say jigs are easier. me i would say jigs are much faster to learn and i think you would go through less stock trying.i would get myself a leigh jig and go from there, it’s also what i did. I’m trying to do it by hand now why i don’t know just to do it i guess and have those skillz under my belt.

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#2 posted 02-17-2010 12:58 AM

We dovetail probably a set of kitchen drawers every other month or so. I use an Akeda jig. There are specific reasons we settled on the Akeda for our own personal need. I would suggest you do a fair amount of reading on the Leigh, Akeda and Porter Cable jigs among a few others out there. Just find the positives and negatives and see which one fits you the best. I don’t regret our decision for the Akeda but I likely would have gone with the Porter Cable based on reviews I read and price point but since I was going to be utilizing myself, my wife and maybe others to work with me building drawers in the future, I wanted the jig that required no set up, minimized user error and smallest learning curve while providing great dovetails. There is a certain amount of user error with all of the jigs but I believe the Akeda offers the least amount of user error and also provides substantial support for the router motor and there is really no set up time, just grab the “already” set up router and go. So me personally, I would go with a jig but I would try to buy something that I knew fit me perfectly because the expense of these jigs is one you don’t want to have to do again.

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#3 posted 02-17-2010 01:57 AM

Not much of a Craftsman fan,but I have a Craftsman Dovetail jig. It does the job adequately.

I’ve used it for about 10 years with not complaints. Got my money’s worth out of it for sure!

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#4 posted 02-17-2010 03:51 AM

Thanks for the feedback….just ordered an Akeda system

-- Kirk..... " Hope I die before I get old "

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#5 posted 02-17-2010 04:07 AM

Good choice, I just built 20 solid maple dovetail drawers with our jig yesterday, they turned out very nice. I believe you will be happy and it is very easy to use.

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#6 posted 02-17-2010 04:09 AM

Not sure I’m up for 20 drawers yet…I’ll be thrilled when when I do my first joint

-- Kirk..... " Hope I die before I get old "

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#7 posted 02-17-2010 04:20 AM

Welcome Kirk

Re. your Q on dovetails. I have the Incra fence systems for both my router table and table saw and love them both. Take some time to get comfortable using Incra for dovetails, it I believe the most versatile system for doing decorative dovetails especially for smaller parts like boxes and drawers. I have the Leigh DR4 and have to admit I don’t use it much as the learning curve is much steeper. I even took a weekend class for Leigh system at Woodcraft and I still struggle with a good setup. I believe Leigh excels at larger projects like blanket chests. Of course you could be a traditional WW and cut them by hand.

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