What you should buy really depends on what you want to do with it. ;-)
There are a bunch of really nice jigs, each of which has its strong points,
and some not so strong.
I have an Akeda. I gave away a Rockler half-blind (Porter Cable clone),
because it drove me crazy (OK. It was a short putt. [rim-shot]) The
Katie Jig looks to do some things very nicely. The Keller does its thing
with admirable simplicity, but not much else. The Leigh D4 has hoardes of
enthusiastic fans, but flexibility comes with some complexity, a multi-
hundred page manual, and a multi hundred dollar price tag.
And that isn't all. If you find that you are doing a good number of these
joints, you'll start to think that having another router setup and ready,
dedicated to dovetails is a reasonable thing.
It's enough to drive a person to lock miter joints. Or a good dovetail
saw, and a book by Ian Kirby.
Wood Haven has a Keller knock-off that looks nice too. The Akeda rules
on dust collection capability.....
Plus, the Akeda web page has a reasonably "fair" comparison of many
I've made dovetails with the supposedly-hideous Craftsman thing. Gave Dad
the similar Rockler jig and he was happy with it. Others will only be happy
dumping the big bucks for a Leigh, which is certainly worth it if you have
the means. Your mileage will vary. Gotta ask yourself who you are. I'm a
bottom feeder and always will be.
I have a Leigh and a Stanley. Just did four drawers with the Stanley,
dovetailled front and back. Tapped them together with a mallet, fitted
them with full extention rails in the cabinet, no glue no nails.
It takes two routers and little tweaking to get the Leigh to do right.
For boxes and stuff I use the Leigh, for drawers the Stanley. No
Start cheap, you'll appreciate the really nice stuff more.
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