I picked up a Leigh D1258r-12 12" dovetail jig at an auction for $75.00 this
The Jig has all the pieces except the Dovetail and straight cutting bit and
owners manual. I downloaded the D4 manual off the Leigh Website.
using the google search I have noticed that this is an old model and not
exactly like the current D4. Leigh sells a kit for $45.00 to update the
1258-r to the d4.
Is this worth the money? I was also considering purchasing the cam locks
for $35 too.
I also got a Home made Router cabinet (decent) with a Porter Cable 3-1/4 hp
speedmatic variable speed (not plunge) router and a Jointech fence set up. I
am not familiar with the jointech but it looks very nice. I am looking
forward to experimenting with it.
I haven't ever seen the jig you have, but I do have the D4 and getting your
jib upgraded to the D4 would be hard to pass up. Taking the $75 + 45 + 35
only get's you to $155, which is less than half-price a new D4.
well, that is a good point that I missed from your original post.
I've made a few chests and utilized the full 24" capacity, but more often I
duplicate my set-up on each end of the jig so I can reduce set-up
redundancy. Other than that, 12" probably is just fine for 90% of the
things I do.
That said, I still think the upgrades are worth it - although you probably
should use the jig as is and see if you find it lacking. If not, probably
just leave it alone.
I jumped in and bought all 3 upgrades (cam locks, scales, and stops) and the
140 and 80 bit to make it the same as the D4.
I figure if I dont like it, it will be worth $200.00 to someone.
Have a good day
Well worth the money..cam locks too. Do it before you try the jig, else
you'll probably want to throw it against the wall. Once the upgrade is
installed. it's a much nicer toy errr...tool.
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