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Forum topic by MjdTexan posted 09-20-2010 01:29 PM 1029 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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MjdTexan

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09-20-2010 01:29 PM

Looking to buy a Dovetail Jig that has movable pin and tail adjustments that does through, half blind and box joints. I dont have a lot of money or I would buy the Leigh Jig new. I may wind up getting the Leigh 12 super jig if I cant find a bigger one from yall.

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#1 posted 09-20-2010 02:19 PM

I don’t know of an option other than Leigh if you want movable pins and tails. It’s rare to see used Leighs but they do come up on bay on occassion.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#2 posted 09-20-2010 02:27 PM

Thank You. There is a used Leigh D1600 available for $250 plus 30 shipping. Is it worth it?

-- BBQ Master, Beginning Woodworker. Avid Gardener.

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#3 posted 09-20-2010 04:25 PM

The D1600 won’t do box joints, but to be honest the D4 doesn’t do them well without the extra expensive template.

If you have a table saw or a reliable router table Box Joints are much easier with an index jig. The other option is there is a through dovetail jig in the Nagyszalanczy book that I used with decent success on my table saw. It’s primary purpose is making the rip cut on the tails and pins, so you still have to use a coping saw and chisel to remove the waste, but it lets you adjust the width of both very easily.

But, if you have to have a router jig to do this your two main options are Leigh or the Delta Omnijig. eBay prices are always close to new, so keep an eye on Craigslist.

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#4 posted 09-20-2010 04:59 PM

280.00 is well worth it for the Leigh jig if you are planning on cutting a lot of dovetails. When I got into woodworking my dad who was also a woodworker gave me his Leigh dovetail jig that he no longer had use for. It was their first model but still works great for cutting dovetails. Once I learned how to use it and got the hang of it I started using it all the time. In fact, I use it so often that I am working on giving it its own table/work center in my shop so that I don’t have to keep reaching under the bench for it.

Determining whether its “worth” it all depends on how much you plan to use. I do recommend it though.

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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MjdTexan

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#5 posted 09-20-2010 05:01 PM

I am going to go ahead and get that one then.

-- BBQ Master, Beginning Woodworker. Avid Gardener.

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MjdTexan

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#6 posted 09-20-2010 05:55 PM

Jorge, is this their current Leigh Jig Super 18? If so, I imagine we need to make arrangements and figure out what shipping will be. I admit, I am a bit nervous about the “out of country” detail of this. I really need a jig though.

-- BBQ Master, Beginning Woodworker. Avid Gardener.

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#7 posted 09-20-2010 06:22 PM

Jorge, I need to get it. Please let me know what the shipping is.

-- BBQ Master, Beginning Woodworker. Avid Gardener.

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#8 posted 09-20-2010 06:26 PM

Thank You so much.

-- BBQ Master, Beginning Woodworker. Avid Gardener.

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#9 posted 09-20-2010 07:03 PM

If you really wanted to get crazy, Shopnotes Magazine has an issue where they have detailed plans to build your own dovetail jig with adjustable pins. Its pretty much an exact replica of the original Leigh jig. Other then the knobs and steel bar that the pins move along its all made from wood. I am sure its complicated to make but the magazine had a detailed plan…

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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