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Forum topic by pintodeluxe posted 03-16-2015 10:37 PM 1098 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-16-2015 10:37 PM

Topic tags/keywords: akeda dovetail jig akeda dovetail jig

I have used a PC 4200 dovetail jig for some time now with good results. It does pretty much everything I need it to for half blind dovetail drawers. Now I need a jig that will do variably spaced through dovetails. The Akeda looks like a nice option. I read that the stock thickness is limited to 3/4”. While most of my dovetail work will be on stock 3/4” or thinner, it would be nice to make boxes and cases that are 1” thick.

My question is this: Have any of you Akeda jig users found a way around this 3/4” stock thickness limitation?

Thanks in advance for any help you can offer.

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


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#1 posted 03-17-2015 12:37 AM

The Akeda works with 1” thick boards. I use the 6 degree pin fingers. I’ve only done a small box that was 1” thick but it worked.

-- Tom - Measure twice cut once. Then measure again. Curse. Fudge.

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#2 posted 03-17-2015 04:39 AM

Thanks Tom. Was that a through dovetail? The jig looks like it will fit 1” stock, but is there a dovetail cutter long enough to do 1” through dovetails?
Thanks again.

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

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#3 posted 03-17-2015 08:32 PM

bump

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

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#4 posted 03-17-2015 11:05 PM

Hi Willie I checked the box and I used 7/8” thick wood not 1”. I can’t recall if I was at its capacity or not. Through dovetails. Sorry I can’t be more helpful. Tom

-- Tom - Measure twice cut once. Then measure again. Curse. Fudge.

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#5 posted 03-17-2015 11:32 PM

Great, thanks again Tom.

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

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#6 posted 03-30-2015 03:38 AM

The Akeda documentation is clear: up to 1” dovetails are possible. You will certainly be close to running out of carbide on your router bits at that size, but with a plunger and two passes (recommended anyway) it’s not a problem.

Akeda’s service level is the tops. Once you get the hang of the jig, it’s unbelievable simple and expedient to use. Safe too.

-- Laziness minus Apathy equals Efficiency

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#7 posted 03-30-2015 04:18 AM

BTW… I have one, so I can confirm that the documentation is correct and 1” dovetails work just fine. You can even one pass them if you really want..

-- Laziness minus Apathy equals Efficiency

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#8 posted 03-30-2015 03:24 PM

Thanks, that’s good to know.
I’m still looking for one if anyone has a jig for sale.

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

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