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I found one of these for sale but it is missing some of the accessory pieces such as the square-head screwdriver, the nylon stop rod, bridge material and cross-cut fence (I think) and one finger. How expensive are they to buy? Are they even available? I've heard this is a good company.

Also, what's a fair price for this jig? It looks like it's in decent shape, but the seller told me he bought it used. These are $500 new, but that's with all the pieces and a guarantee. He's asking $325.

I should mention this will be my first dovetail jig. I'm fine with making adjustments to get it dialed in. I know all jigs require some set-up to get working properly.

This might be a little bigger than I need, but I thought I could get it for a good price and then have the longer length if needed.

I looked at the Akeda, Katie, Gifkin, Porter Cable, Harbor Freight and other jigs as well. They were either too expensive, too cheap (junk) or too fussy. However, I thought I might start with cheap to get a feel for what's important to me.
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I found one of these for sale but it is missing some of the accessory pieces such as the square-head screwdriver, the nylon stop rod, bridge material and cross-cut fence (I think) and one finger. How expensive are they to buy? Are they even available? I've heard this is a good company.

Also, what's a fair price for this jig? It looks like it's in decent shape, but the seller told me he bought it used. These are $500 new, but that's with all the pieces and a guarantee. He's asking $325.

I should mention this will be my first dovetail jig. I'm fine with making adjustments to get it dialed in. I know all jigs require some set-up to get working properly.

This might be a little bigger than I need, but I thought I could get it for a good price and then have the longer length if needed.

I looked at the Akeda, Katie, Gifkin, Porter Cable, Harbor Freight and other jigs as well. They were either too expensive, too cheap (junk) or too fussy. However, I thought I might start with cheap to get a feel for what's important to me.

Have you considered the Sommerfeld jig? It is designed for router table use, as is the Leigh 16" RTJ400 jig. The Sommerfeld jig now comes with a fixed dovetail plate but tuning forks for variable spaced dovetail and box joints are available, as is a jig and bits for "organic" half blind dovetail joints.

https://sommerfeldtools.com/sommerfeld-s-dovetail-jig

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Leigh is probably the best. Call them and see if they still have the parts available.
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Their reputation for customer service is excellent. They are located in Quesnel, BC, Canada . You shouldn't have a problem finding a square head screwdriver. I know they are available down there but I'm not sure how hard they are to find. Every store in Canada that sells tools, including dollar stores, have them. So will McFeely's in the US who also sell the screws. Lee Valley in the US will have them too including drill driver type ones if you want to go that way.
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Their reputation for customer service is excellent. They are located in Quesnel, BC, Canada . You shouldn't have a problem finding a square head screwdriver. I know they are available down there but I'm not sure how hard they are to find. Every store in Canada that sells tools, including dollar stores, have them. So will McFeely's in the US who also sell the screws. Lee Valley in the US will have them too including drill driver type ones if you want to go that way.
Square drive screwdriver, proper name Robertson, invented in 1907 in Milton, Ontario, Canada. (History of the Robertson Screwdriver - thomasnet.com) Called Square Drive in U.S. to disguise origin.
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The Leigh jig is outstanding. It has a learning curve, but with the manual and Leigh's videos it has become a wonderful addition to my shop.
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#2 square drive...
any BB electrical department...
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#2 square drive...
any BB electrical department...
I think you're right. Seems to me the electrical plugs down there use them. It's the norm up here. Ground is usually #2, hot and neutral terminals are for sure #2, the screws that attach the plug or switch to the outlet box are #1s.

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I think that You can also get “upgrade kits” from Leigh that will bring it up to the D4R level.. as has been stated, Leigh customer service is excellent.
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And let's not forget the Incra Systems which have system for saw/router, saw, router table......and so on. These do all kinds of joinery including dovetails, box joints, variable spacing, and so on. Just adding to the mix. But as far as your question, I'm sure Leigh can get you any replacement part needed.
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