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Dovetail Jig

Posted: Mon Mar 11, 2019 5:18 pm
by Blueflame2007
Hi all, Newbie here with first posting. Hobbyist skills only, gas fitter/plumber by trade but great interest in all trades. I am looking for recommendations for a dovetail jig. I have to make up seven sets of kitchen unit drawers with sliders and was thinking of using a dovetail jig for extra stability. Budget up to around 150 quid so nothing too expensive. Thanks in advance. :mrgreen:

Re: Dovetail Jig

Posted: Wed Mar 13, 2019 10:47 pm
by JonR ... 3728282248

We got one of the Trend jigs in the link above, rarely used but does the job. Looks like a bargain to me.

Re: Dovetail Jig

Posted: Thu Mar 14, 2019 7:43 am
by thekarter
I have had a Leigh Dovetail Jig for some years, this is a quality tool. Check out eBay you may be able to pick one up for around £150. Check it out on youtube

Re: Dovetail Jig

Posted: Sat Mar 16, 2019 1:03 pm
by Meccarroll
I'd think about buying a Leigh Dovetail Jig. You might have to pay between £250-£300 on ebay for a second hand one but they are the des-res of Dovetail Jigs and a re-sale is likely to recoup all of your original outlay.

Yes I use one and it's a great bit of kit.


Re: Dovetail Jig

Posted: Tue Mar 19, 2019 8:39 am
by 9fingers
Most jigs have a fixed spacing for the tails and sockets which limits the sizes of the box sides to n times the number of joints plus a fixed amount otherwise you get half pins/ tails. I can't remember the numbers but it is something like 3.5 inches 4.5 , 5.5 etc
If you are designing your drawer from scratch then this might not be a problem but sort this out first so you can decide if a basic fixed jig will be acceptable.
Yes the Leigh jig with variable pitch is the rolls Royce of jigs but you might only need a Ford Fiesta