Yes. The split fence, with dust port, combined with the zero
inserts and the precision fence positioning system makes some
difficult routing easy and some impossible anyother way operations
possible though not easy. A sliding dovetail comes to mind. Cut the
dovetail groove anyway you like then sneak up on the fit your want
for the "male" part of the joint by taking a little off each side -
Great tool. Nice folks. I'd recomend JoinTech to anyone looking for
a good router table fence system.
I didn't mean to imply that the Akeda wasn't available for purchase
or that it's not a good tool. It appears to do what it was designed
do very very well. I was just recalling seeing the idea floated
back in '99 or 2000. The illustrations of the unit were not photos
but computer graphics. Only the outside was shown - in various
views, none of which told you much about what was behind the
blue and silver body. At that time they didn't even have a price
but were taking tentative orders. No details other than it'd
make tight, dust free dovetails without ANY test cuts.
Unlike the software industry where "vaporware" was quite
common (announce a really powerful application, quote a
really cheap prize and freeze potential customers of competing
applications purchases), woodworking tools and machinery
makers actually deliver on MOST of their promises.
The Akeda seems like a great alternative to the Leigh DT Jig.
Now if Akeda would come up with a competing mortise and
tenon jig ...
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