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dustywing

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09-19-2010 09:36 PM

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I need help finding instructions for a Leigh Jig Model D 1258R 24.
They don’t sell them nor have them for download on the site.
They say you can use the D4 (newer Model) I would like to have some fot the 1258R the 24 is the width.
If anybody can hook me up I sure would appreciate it. Also if you have one and can scan or copy it I will pay for it. I checked ebay any other ideas?

-- Dustywing I love This Country But The Government Scares Me


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#1 posted 09-20-2010 05:17 PM

There are exactly two differences between the D1258 and the D4.

1. The clamp locks (Cam for the D4 and Screw for the D1258)
2. Side blocks (much more shallow for the D1258).

The D1258 can be upgraded to the D4 for $74, which includes the speed clamps and the sidestops. Neither are required, all they do is decrease your setup time from say 5 minutes to 4 minutes.

Two tricks:
1. Start your tails with the template a little further you than the setting (referred to as in) on the scale, to close from you will make the tails too small, loose fit
2. Spend some time working on the forward, left, back, right, squiggle technique. Later versions of the manual suggest using a spacer/sacrificial board for TDs to help on the tearout, but personally I use tape and the original 5 step technique, very little tearout.

Their website is a bit of a mess, but you can download the user guides at the following link, you’re looking for the D4 versions
http://www.leighjigs.com/support.php

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#2 posted 09-20-2010 05:31 PM

My dad gave me his Leigh D1258 jig with no instructions. I printed the D4 instructions and they work just fine with the older jig. Just print the D4 instructions and you will be fine. Like Nathan said, the clamps and side blocks are the only real difference.

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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#3 posted 09-21-2010 04:33 PM

Thank you both, I downloaded the D4. I dont have the bit for it right now so I couldn’t really mess with it.
I do like those cam lock and will probalby get those for sure.
I know “Norm” makes comments once or twice about taking so getting use to.
Appreciate the help and the comments.
My Gold Wing isn’t the only thing collecting dust many of my tools also.
Where do I put a post on “how to make days longer” lol
Thank you again.
Dusty

-- Dustywing I love This Country But The Government Scares Me

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#4 posted 09-21-2010 04:57 PM

Keep an eye out for sales on the bits. The Leigh ones really work best, but there are a couple other brands such as Whiteside that have the same specs. The #80 and #140 are the bread and butter since they’ll handle from 1/2” through 13/16 (.81).

In fact, and this is going to hurt since I have to go into a meeting but I just noticed that Leigh has 3 and 3 sets on sale for $32.95 including shipping. Just ordered a set, great stuff.

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#5 posted 09-21-2010 05:04 PM

I agree with the bits. The Leigh #80 is the bit I use most. Leigh recommends using their 8mm bit but you can also get 1/4 and 1/2 shanks. I would also recommend the 8mm bit. If you need to you can get a adapter for your router to reduce to the 8mm size. I have both 1/4 and 8mm sizes and the 1/4 bits just don’t handle as well when cutting through hard woods.

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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#6 posted 09-22-2010 05:49 PM

NathanAllen
I found the cam clamps $44 and the Side stops for $30. I can’t fin the bits other that $16 each plus Shipping.
Thanks

-- Dustywing I love This Country But The Government Scares Me

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NathanAllen

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#7 posted 09-22-2010 10:38 PM

Try this link.

http://www.leighjigs.com/bitclearance.php

These are the ones for TDs.

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#8 posted 09-22-2010 11:19 PM

I called NathanAllen they are the 1/4 inch shank.
So $168 latter I rodered 2 80 w/8mm and 2 140 w/8mm also the new side stop and the togle levers.
What the hay it’s only money “spending the kids inheritance”
You mentioned the 8mm worked better in hardwood so thought get those rather than fight with the 1/4 inch.
Really apreciate the help. How did you find the clearance? Do they have a e-mail news letter?
Thank you again

-- Dustywing I love This Country But The Government Scares Me

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NathanAllen

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#9 posted 09-23-2010 04:46 PM

I actually found the link to the clearance when I was looking for the link to the online version of the instructions; so thank you for saving me some money.

The 8mm/collet reducer provide less deflection on harder woods, which will tighten the fit and apparently also helps cut down on blow-out. The 7/16” bushing doesn’t have to be their brand, Ridgid and PCs are both fine. If you’re not 100% sure if the bushing is concentric make sure to keep the router handles in the same position through the front to back, side to side, back to front and zig zag cuts and you’ll be fine.

Congrats again and enjoy.

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#10 posted 09-24-2010 11:45 AM

NathanAllen
I had looked on ebay they had some router bit sets.
Since you said these were the bred and butter bits, thats where I put the money.
I didn’t see a clearance link but I will have to look again.
I will try the TD first and see or try to learn that first.
As you can see I don’t post a lot but I sure have got so great help.
People sure are willing to help, specially when you make it easy.
Thanks you and Dcase.

-- Dustywing I love This Country But The Government Scares Me

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