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I was looking on the www for infomation on buying either a woodrat or a leigh jig.

I'm sure that this forum can bring me the right advice ...

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I've had a WoodRat for 4 years. Before I tell you about it, let me quickly say that folks who have the Leigh jig are very enthusiastic about the machine. It does a great job, and choosing the Leigh would primarily mean you wouldn't have the great dust collection on the WoodRat. And the safety is fabulous, even compared to a router table. The wood is clamped down when working.

The cost of the two devices is about the same. Speaking honestly, there is a learning curve on the WoodRat. But for the same cost as the Leigh, here's what it will do in addition to dovetails:

Mortise and Tenon,
Lap Joints
Finger Joints (also called Box Joints, or Comb Joints)
Tongue and Groove
Edge work of all kinds

Go to this website ( Visitors from) to find out more, and get the $6 DVD demonstration video.

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Sorry, I was a little sleepy when I wrote the response above. This will be more clear. The WoodRat has superior safety because the work is clamped firmly, and the operator is separated from the bit and the work by a thick, phenolic sheet.

And the cut is cleaner, because with the work clamped, you can run the router in a "Downcut". You can't do that hand routing or on a router table without serious injury.

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Sorry, I was a little sleepy when I wrote the response above. This will be more clear. The WoodRat has superior safety because the work is clamped firmly, and the operator is separated from the bit and the work by a thick, phenolic sheet.

And the cut is cleaner, because with the work clamped, you can run the router in a "Downcut". You can't do that hand routing or on a router table without serious injury.

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Can I have the same variable dovetail spacing on a Woodrat like the Leighjig has?

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Yes you can space the tails to your preference.

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