Saturday afternoon I left a phone message on the AKEDA
tech support answering machine, asking the bolt size for
mounting the jig to a ply or MDF base. Wasn't expecting
to hear anything back from them 'til Monday.
Surprise - Kevan, the guy who designed the jig called
me back - on a Sunday! He apologised for the inconvenience
and was going to send them to me on Monday. I just
needed the size, which he gladly gave me - M6-30. A quick
trip to my local Ace Hardware store, I needed light bulbs
anyway, and I had my four M6-30 phillips head screws, about
fifty cents each and I was good to go.
The jig is now clamped to my workbench - a box to keep
all the parts, and there are a lot of them, will be the first
project to be done with this jig - half blinds, probably in
1/2" stock. Will go through Mr. Lucas's pages on how he
did his box using the Akeda.
Will report back as I play with this puppy. First impressions
- beefy as hell - maybe 20 pounds, good solid support of the
router, "fingers" snap in and stay put, no router weight on
them at all and the clamping mechanism is pretty slick, with
sand paper on one "jaw" to keep parts from sliding around.
It was great to be able to discuss this jig with the person
who came up with the idea and got it made. Turns out
he worked on the design of the Leigh DT jig earlier on in