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05-09-2017 02:27 AM

Topic tags/keywords: akeda jig question dovetail

Hello all. I have a lead on an Akeda BC24 (24”) dovetail jig like new in box with accessory kit (not sure at this point which kit). I contacted Whiteside tools and all but the two straight bits are still available. I know Akeda has been out of production for quite some time, but because of it’s ease of operation and 24 inch capacity I feel it’s worth pursuing. I’m looking for advise. Would this be a wise purchase? What did they sell for new? If it is in new condition what is a fair offer? Thanks in advance


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#1 posted 05-09-2017 02:58 AM

Akeda still has a website if you google it, and I think that they still sell some parts/accessories. From what I’ve heard, it was the Holy Grail of variable spaced dovetail jigs

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#2 posted 05-09-2017 03:12 AM

Make sure all the parts are there or you will have a boat anchor.

Would this be a wise purchase?
Not if you can’t get parts for it.

What did they sell for new?
Not sure.

If it is in new condition what is a fair offer?
Subject to location and market forces. Doesn’t the seller state a price first? In any event have the seller demonstrate it’s capabilities. If not see if the 7 degree pins come with the 7 degree router bit as most everything
is proprietary on the Akeda.

My set was missing vital parts and Paypal returned my money.

Be careful and good luck.

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#3 posted 05-09-2017 04:06 AM

waho6o9
Home shop being sold as a package, but I have no room for a complete shop. Contacted seller, waiting for response to offer of individual sale for jig. He did say unit is like new and includes accessory kit (he has to check which one.) If willing to separate he will provide details with pictures. If unit is complete and in very good condition I need a ballpark fair price for both seller and myself.

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#4 posted 05-09-2017 04:42 AM

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#5 posted 05-09-2017 05:13 AM

Thanks waho6o9
There doesn’t seem to be much choice in variable dovetail jigs. PC and Leigh are very expensive and finicky to setup if you only use them infrequently. It will be used a lot for a kitchen remodel but will sit for several months until next project. That makes it hard to justify high cost of Omnijig or Leigh jigs. If this falls thru will look into table saw or bandsaw setup for future blanket chest project.
Any advice from from Akeda owners out there?

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#6 posted 05-09-2017 05:18 AM

I got one when I was redoing our house and needed a LOT of drawers. I loved it. It was very simple to learn and turned out great DTs. I haven’t used it for a long time though because I prefer to hand cut when I’m not doing “production work”.
It is a great jig.

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#7 posted 05-09-2017 06:01 PM

shipwright
Having used Akeda in the past any advise on purchase?

My other option is to forgo variable spacing and use a jig like the Leigh RTJ 400. I think it will work well for cabinet drawers, but I’m concerned about it being unwieldy standing a blanket chest side on end atop a router table.

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#8 posted 05-09-2017 10:45 PM

I like mine but I’ve only used it on drawers.
As I said, unless I’m doing “production” I prefer to hand cut.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

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#9 posted 05-10-2017 01:36 AM

Thanks all.
I should know of seller’s decision by weeks end.

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#10 posted 05-10-2017 12:57 PM

http://akeda.com/dc16/jig.drawer-construction.html

Five Different Dovetail Pin Angles!
AKEDA Model BC24 dovetail jig is the newest addition to AKEDA’s line of woodworking jigs. Weighing a phenomenal 38lbs. of steel and aluminum, this heavyweight is built for the toughest commercial applications.

AKEDA Model BC24 is made specifically for dovetails on 24” deep carcasses. To view AKEDA’s smaller 16” jig, click on “Drawer Construction Jig” in the menu on the left!

Good luck now

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#11 posted 05-10-2017 05:53 PM

I’ve been slobbering over the thought of owning one of these for years.

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#12 posted 05-10-2017 09:40 PM

I have three of them. Borderline hoarding them. I have also started a campaign to get them back in production, hopefully someday that will happen.

Through dovetails are amazingly simple, and that’s what I cut most often. I purchased the box joint bit a month or two ago and have been playing around with asymmetrical box joints.

Basically effortless, perfect joints every time.

They cost more now than they did when new.
Are they expensive? Yes.
Are they worth it? Yes!

With the Akeda you don’t have to get the manual out each time, it’s all very intuitive.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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