After a month of research and reading, I ordered the Akeda BC24 from
thejigstore.com on Monday afternoon, it arrived at 9 AM yesterday
morning. Not bad FedEx! Wisconsin to East Tennessee.
When I signed for it and the driver handed it to me, I was impressed.
It took two hands to carry it back in the house.
After mounding it as directed I tried a through dovetail. I was
skeptical the whole time I was doing the setup and reading the manual
on the fly. I ordered an extra guide bushing and collet reducer so I
could use two routers and not have to change the bit and reset the
I set up the jig so I could do the tails on one end and the pins on
Turned on the routers and went to work.
To my amazement...................the joint fit perfectly!!!!! On the
first try with a new machine. I had tried this over and over again
with my PC 4212 and never could get a joint close to what I produced
the first time with the Akeda. Maybe it was just luck.
Another big benefit was, the floor, the equipment and me showed no
signs of chips or dust. I had the dust collect hooked up to my Onieda
Also, there was no tear out in the oak I used for a trial. There was
more tear out from using the cutoff saw then there was from the
Conclusion: Yes it was fairly costly but it produced just what others
and the manufacture had said it would. The lack of frustration and the
joy of having it come out right were worth it. And, BTW, Kevan Lear,
the inventor of this thing is very helpful and will take all the time
needed to answer your questions before you purchase and after.