|Forum topic by Beeguy||posted 10-18-2010 05:07 PM||3707 views||0 times favorited||11 replies|
10-18-2010 05:07 PM
I recently came across the Kehoe Jig for making dovetail wedges on boxes and drawers. Charles Neil did a great videon on it. I thougt I would check it out. Let me start out by saying I found nothing negative about this jig or the company that makes it. In fact, just the opposite was true. It makes me really happy when I see a domestic company hanging in there and producing a superior product. The one thing I did unfortunately notice is the price has gone up since most of the comments I saw were written (one-two years ago). I totally understand why, especially in this economy, prices are going up. I only wish I would have run across this a little sooner. But that is always my story, as they say “A day late and a dollar short”.
I am starting this post not to debate the quality of this tool because based on what I read it is superior in doing the jobs it advertises it can do. In my view, although, because of its design it will greatly strenthen any joint, that is not really the issue. There are many ways of achieving a good joint today. So lets take that off the table. Where it really excells is in the look it gives to a project and the simplicity of its use to achieve that. Some of the boxes made using the jig on this list and other woodworking forums really look great. However there is also a few Lumberjocks that have come up with simple shop made jigs to use on a router table that with a little work can achieve the same look. And if you really don’t make a lot of boxes is it worth the price? I currently don’t own a dovetail jig and I use
As I said, based on everything I have read, I am pretty much sold on this jig. I am just not sure I can justify the price verses how often I will really use it. Right now it is on my wish list, but as I also would like some other tools too, I am just not sure where on the list it will be. Hopefully this discussion will help. And maybe there are other LJs out there who by reading this will discover it for the first time. Even if I don’t buy one right away maybe someone else will making this topic even more worthwhile.
So I have a few questions for Kehoe Jig users. 1) Have you found it useful enough that you would still buy it at today’s price? 2) Have you found other uses for the jig, making it more versitile? 3) Do you have/use another dovetail jig? 4) Are dovetails your primary joint for boxes and drawers?
Thanks in advance for your comments.
-- Ron, Kutztown, PA "The reward is in the journey."