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Forum topic by WayneC posted 07-29-2007 01:40 AM 1770 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-29-2007 01:40 AM

Topic tags/keywords: tool router dovetail jig

I’ve seen that they are coming out shortly. Has anyone seen or played with one? I was wondering how they stack up to other Jigs. I’m still in the market for a dovetail jig.

Anyone have any recommendations relative to router jigs in general. I’m thinking I want one with variable spacing.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#1 posted 07-29-2007 02:30 AM

I got the free video. Their jigs make everything else look like… junk. They make dovetail joinery look like blah. It really takes joinery to the next level. Order the free video and you’ll get the Leigh definately

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#2 posted 07-29-2007 02:39 AM

Thanks Obi. I’ll get one on order.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#3 posted 07-29-2007 04:27 AM

Wayne: I’ve got the 24” D4 jig and its great. I’ve not used it much but I’m very happy with it. and the variable spacing is great.

I’m going to be dovetailing some 2” 4” 6” and 8” drawers and I want the spacing to be similiar. a pin at each end and 0 1, 2 and 3 close together in the middle of the side.

I’ve drawn them out and they seem to be a great match. It was similiar to a Phillip dovetail that he showed about 6 months ago.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia †

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#4 posted 07-29-2007 12:59 PM

If you want to play around with dovetail design you can try this link for an online software program

-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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#5 posted 08-01-2007 02:33 PM

Hi Wayne

I also have the leigh D4/24 – I have not used it too much, but I am very impressed with the quality and versatility. I also have the FMT – I think that both of these tools, for accuracy, setting up and repeatability are second to none. I am sure that whatever you choose from Leigh you will be happy with (worth the extra pennies)

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#6 posted 08-01-2007 04:20 PM

I have to agree about the Leigh D4/24. It’s a great jig!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#7 posted 08-01-2007 05:12 PM

I also bought the Leigh D4 24” dovetail jig. I have not yet used it enough to be comfortable with it, but have been impressed with the results. I hope some of my next projects will allow me to use it enough to gain that experience using it. One of the main reasons I bought it was for the variable spacing of the pins and tails. Plus, when you set one up, the other is automatically set as well. That will improve my results.

On my first practice pieces, I was able to get a great dovetail joint within half an hour of beginning the cuts. The longest amount of time was the set up of the jig. With further experience, I believe my set up times will go down significantly.

Like Obi said, get the video and you will love it. I also got the WoodRat DVD (which was not free) as a comparison. The Leigh won me over with the same time set up of the pins and tails. As an extra feature, the video also included the FMT as well. Maybe that is in the future, but the Leigh dovetail will also allow you to cut tenons, so I can get by without it for awhile. Plus, the Domino will take care of my M&T needs for some time.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#8 posted 08-01-2007 06:26 PM

Hey Wayne,

Just for a different perspective, I had the D4 and sold it. As an occasional dovetail jig user, I found that I had to relearn the jig all the time. I ended up buying another Canadian made jig called the Akeda Jig This jig is very elegant, had fantastic dust collection and provides the most stable platform for routing that I’ve used. It’s only 16” so it won’t do the same sort of casework that the Leigh will, however I really like it. There are some videos at the Woodcraft site for you to peruse.

The Leigh jig is just awesome and I had fun with it. Leigh makes fantastic stuff. You can look at the Woodrat DVD files at Youtube. Just search woodrat, then you don’t have to pay for them. The woodrat looks cool too but it looks like, in order to get the most out of it, you need a Ph.D in Woodrat. The Leigh DVR only requires an undergrad degree. My 9 year old could use the Akeda.


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#9 posted 08-13-2007 11:17 PM


I have the 24 in Leigh jig and it works great!

Their instruction book and videos are the best in the industry. I have also called them for parts and service questions and found them to be outstanding! I actually talked to a real person and not a call routing system.

I don’t think you will be disappointed.

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#10 posted 08-14-2007 12:59 AM

Thanks JT.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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