Leigh Super 12, big enough for most people?

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Forum topic by Mark Gipson posted 03-15-2012 08:27 AM 9016 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Mark Gipson

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03-15-2012 08:27 AM

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I am in the process of putting my shop back together slowly and with a limited budget. I am currently able to have a few packages shipped over to my house in Thailand for the same shipping as US orders, with no tax. This is a very nice thing as some things are simply impossible to find here.

On my list is a Leigh Super 12 dovetail jig. Adding on the accessory pack and router support takes this to as much as I have to spend on jigs. The 18 inch model with no VRS system would be about the same price but my router is a big heavy old beast and I think the support would be useful.

I will be building drawers, small boxes and sliding dovetails for bookcases. Is the 12 inch model going to be big enough or will I someday regret not getting the super 18?

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#1 posted 03-15-2012 10:29 AM

Mark, I am a big Leigh fan.. the 12 should be fine for you. You can always index and continue wider if you ever need to. It is more convenient to have a wider one, but 12 should work.

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#2 posted 03-15-2012 12:05 PM

Do you really need a jig for what you plan on building? For sliding dovetails I would use a router table, you can make one, here is mine.

Drawers and boxes, the way to go is with hand cut dovetails. I know, I know, you have to learn to do it, but once you learn the possibilities are endless.

I have a Leigh Super Jig 12, I have used it 2 times I think in 4 years and hate the thing. Things are not good in the kingdom when you get an user manual as thick as War & Peace.

On the other hand, if you are set on getting a jig, I would go with the Akeda jig instead of the Leigh. Check it out.

They are better and easier to use. The 24” model is cheaper than the 24” Leigh super jig and $200 less than the DR4. Plus another thing, Leigh might have good customer service if you are in the US or Canada, if you are outside you are SOL. I messed up the guide and asked them to send me one, they wanted to ship to me an $11 piece via UPS and charge me $90 for the shipping. I told them they were crazy, that it was ridiculous. They said this was the only way they would do it to make sure I got the piece. There was no way I could convince them to put it in a box and send it via postal service, you be the judge.

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#3 posted 03-15-2012 03:20 PM

Depends, do you plan on making boxes or drawers that are larger than 12”?

In my opinion 18” is not big enough for a chest, and an 18” deep drawer is something of an odd thing.

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Mark Gipson

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#4 posted 03-15-2012 11:49 PM

NathanAllen – that’s pretty much my thinking as I don’t plan on making any chests but have a lot of drawers to make.
Thanks for the info about the Akeda jig JGM, I will check out some reviews of that system.

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#5 posted 08-31-2017 11:09 PM

I have a 24” D4 for sale, including a full set of bits. $400 plus shipping

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#6 posted 08-31-2017 11:22 PM

Mark, where are you at in Thailand? I went to both Phuket and Pattaya Beach when I was in the military and loved it.

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#7 posted 09-01-2017 12:17 AM

I think the 12” will be good for most things. I have the D4R and do not use the full width.

The Leigh manuals are some of the best written and show in detail how to make joints

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Mark Gipson

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#8 posted 09-01-2017 12:24 AM

Mark, where are you at in Thailand? I went to both Phuket and Pattaya Beach when I was in the military and loved it.

- TaySC

Bangkok and the far NE.
BTW, so far the 12” has proved big enough for my needs. It’s an excellent product.

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