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Other Tools & Accessories / Re: Finger joint & Dove Tails Options
« Last post by JD2720 on Today at 03:10 PM »
I have been using Leigh 24" dovetail jigs for over 25 years. I do mostly half blind dovetails for drawers. I keep 2 routers setup for thick & thin material. By doing this, the only adjustments I have to make is set the jig for material thickness & the dovetail spacing. I have 3 dovetail templates fixtures my D4R jig. I can setup for a total of 6 different depth drawers.

I have not used it very often for through dovetails. It does take some time to get setup for through dovetails, but with a very good Leigh manual & videos, setup time is not that bad.

I have a finger joint template for the D4R, but I have not used it.
For finger joints, I use a Incra i-Box. It has worked very well & is easy to setup. I also use the i-Box to make dental molding. 

     
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Other Tools & Accessories / Re: Finger joint & Dove Tails Options
« Last post by Alanbach on Today at 02:50 PM »
To continue the software analogy, the more flexible something is, generally speaking, the more complicated it is to set up and use. Leigh and Porter Cable Omnijig are complicated but super flexible! If you want something simpler they are available but not as multi-functional. For example Keller makes a system of dovetail jigs that are very simple to use. They only do through dovetails and the spacing is fixed. If you have a little control over the final dimensions of the dovetailed parts and you need through dovetails that might work for you. Rockler makes a finger joint jig for the router table that I like. I think they might also still make a dedicated half blind dovetail jig.
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Depends on the look you want.

Non-adjustable pin jigs like Rockler, Porter-Cable etc. give you evenly spaced, standard sized dovetails that look like your standard drawer dovetail.  You can get blind dovetails with most of those if that's what you want.

If you want to adjust the spacing between the pins, Leigh or the high-end Porter-Cable (if they are still available?) allow you to adjust the spacing and vary the distance between pins, but you are still limited to pins that are as wide as the dovetail bit that you use.  Same for Incra jigs.  I've used both Leigh and Incra.  If you are doing multiple joints, I'd give Leigh the nod over Incra.  WRT to dovetail angles, you are limited to the supported bits.  Leigh is finnicky to set up, and you need the manual in front of you the first few times (same for Incra), but after the first time, it's doable to set up and cut a small batch of drawers in an afternoon if you've done all the prep work on the boards.  If you want to do decorative joints, Incra is better.

If you want complete flexibility to do narrow pins, dovetails on angled boards, or odd dovetail angles, the only way I know to do that is to hand cut them, maybe with the assistance of a bandsaw.  Hand cutting dovetails well requires practice.

For box joints, I've got the Incra iBox and I like it.  You should be able to use it with any flat bottom, dado or box joint blades.
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Andrew, I totally agree with you. I work in the software industry and know for a fact that people that use a software once in a while forget easily the "How to". What I read about Leigh is that the instructions are outstanding... However if not use regularly it can become frustrating.

The advantage of Leigh is that you are not limited by the type of joinery compare to the Incra I-Box.

Thanks for your input.
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@Festool USA I'll ask again, any reason why the MFK 700 Set is not included with the rest of the router lineup?

Not saying this is a good explanation, but you'll notice that they specify "plunge routers" are in the scope of the offer and the MFK 700 is not a plunge router.
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@Festool USA I'll ask again, any reason why the MFK 700 Set is not included with the rest of the router lineup?
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Festool Tools & Accessories / Re: Track Saw Suggestions
« Last post by Alanbach on Today at 02:22 PM »
I think that the term that you are looking for is “featherboard”. There are so many great safety / holding devices available today or you can always make your own.
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Other Tools & Accessories / Re: Finger joint & Dove Tails Options
« Last post by Roseland on Today at 01:59 PM »
Now I'm going to be controversial...

I had a cheap half-blind dovetail jig, which worked OK.  But I thought I wanted something more capable.

So I bought a Leigh D4R Pro, and went on a one-day course at Axminster.  That was a few years ago and it just sat in the corner after than.  Then a month ago I decided to get to grips with it.  The simple answer is that it is so complicated that I just don't have the patience to get up the learning curve; I'm going to get rid of it.  (Anyone in the UK interested...?)

I think that with a bit of patience and care, the Veritas Dovetail Saw Jig (which I also have) is a better solution for me, and at less than 10% of the cost of the Leigh something of a bargain.  Plus you can do dovetails that look hand-cut, with super-slim pins.

But I know there are people out there who think the Leigh is the bees knees; it's just not for me.

Andrew
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Festool Tools & Accessories / Re: Track Saw Suggestions
« Last post by RussellS on Today at 01:50 PM »
“I know that there is no way I could be getting perfect straight line cuts in 6' long material on my table saw even in 1" thick material.”


“??????????

What is your question, if you don't understand I'll be happy to explain.

Count me in with the first person who did the question marks and faces.  If you use the TS55 to straight line rip one edge of the 1" thick boards, then how on earth can you NOT get a straight line on the other edge when using your table saw?  You just put the straight line ripped edge against the fence and feed the board into the blade.  Use those finger joint pressure things in the miter groove, and use a push stick and/or push pads to get the wood through the blade.  6' or 16' or 36', you should easily get a straight line edge.  You're just ripping wood.  Table saws are designed for that.  USA cabinet saws are great at that one task.
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Other Tools & Accessories / Finger joint & Dove Tails Options
« Last post by Mario Turcot on Today at 01:22 PM »
I am looking to incorporate finger joints and dove tails joinery to some incoming projects. I want to use something that will be somehow easy to setup and quick. Time is a huge factor and I don't want to spend days building table/jigs.

Here the options;
- Hand joinery, too much of a learning curve right now.
- Table saw and Incra iBox. Any other brand I should look for?
- Router table and accessories. Brand?
- Leight Jigs, would the OF 1400 fit well?
- Other options?

Thanks in advance, Mario

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