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11-09-2016 12:35 AM
whimsofchaz Dale I really think it comes down to how many times are you going to do dovetails and how many times will you need a very accurate fence? If dovetails is the key buy the Leigh, I have one. If it is accuracy on everything you use a fence for and occasional dovetails get the Incra.
11-08-2016 01:24 PM
RailDude One D4R Pro with VRS is on the way, and with Lee Valley free shipping too. Cant wait to check this jig out.
09-23-2016 04:43 PM
Jerry Bowen
Originally Posted by greenacres2 View Post
That's my kind of answer Dale!! And...despite the amount of gear I've acquired over the past 5 years or so, it's still cheaper than golf OR guitars!! (if I me!!)

I think that what you say, while true, is what we call rationalizing and thanks for reminding me about what you did. It helps me to justify my expenditure on tools over the past nine years now.

09-23-2016 01:16 PM
Originally Posted by RailDude View Post
Thanks for all the good responses. Lots of food for thought. Now to decide which one I want to get
That's my kind of answer Dale!! And...despite the amount of gear I've acquired over the past 5 years or so, it's still cheaper than golf OR guitars!! (if I keep reminding myself of that...which is will one day make more sense to me!!)

09-23-2016 07:40 AM
hawkeye10 I can't answer your question because I have not done even one dovetail. Have no fear I can tell you that the guys that have answered your question are very good wood workers and you are getting good advice.
09-23-2016 04:42 AM
RailDude Thanks for all the good responses. Lots of food for thought. Now to decide which one I want to get
09-20-2016 09:59 PM
Originally Posted by CharleyL View Post
Incra jigs will do dovetails, but they do not have the versatility to easily make random width spacing. You have to position the fence to specific guide marks on a guide strip for each pin and tail cut and I haven't seen any of their guide strips that allow doing any random positioning, although you could maybe create your own guide strips to do this. A PC program that was created by one of our members (furboo ?) may be able to help you do this but I have no experience with it.
It runs on both Windoze and Mac (and should run on Linux, too):

pyRouterJig A woodworking layout tool for creating box and dovetail joints

I have the original Leigh and the Incra. For just dovetails, I'd stick with the Leigh. But realize that the Incra is more than just a box and (approximate) dovetail joint cutter. It's also a very accurate and repeatable system for positioning the router fence. The "double joints" are also a unique feature, if you're into that look.

Like any good tool, you just gotta have them all :-)
09-20-2016 08:41 PM
Jerry Bowen Pretty much mirror Earl's remarks about the Incra and not having experience with the Liegh. I suspect that anything else, it's a matter of prefercne and experience. I am very impressed with the Incra set up but probably would sing praises to the Leigh if I had started with it instead of the Incra.

I'm sure that this all adds to your confusion as to which way to go, so I'm sure that we have been of much help in your making your decision.

09-20-2016 08:20 PM
Originally Posted by whimsofchaz View Post
I see none of the regulars here talked about the Incra. I have the Leigh. If I had done my research better I would have bought the Incra. There is nothing wrong with Leigh they make a great product. If you want to do just dovetails and box joints buy the Leigh. If you want a precision fence system that can be used to make all kinds of joints then buy the INCRA.
I like my Incra, but not having used the Leigh--I have no basis for comparison. I have done some wider spacing by simply figuring out where to add cuts on one board and skip on the other. When I do that, I use a scrap of acrylic and dry erase marker, rough out what I want, trace the inverse onto another piece of acrylic, overlay them on the printed version in the book and note the cuts I need to make/not make. Probably an easier way to do it, but that works for me. I've only done it a few times, but the result was fine--it's probably like adding/deleting teeth on the Leigh, sort of.

Still have my Porter Cable jig--once I started marking bit depth to a scribed line on my stock, that got easier to work with. I should part with it, but I keep thinking that once I do i'll find a need to have it!! Between those 2--I definitely like the Incra better.

I do have Incra LS with Wonder Fence on 2 router tables, and a TS-LS on my table saw. All bought used or "damaged" over 5 years or so--probably half funded by buying/selling some tools. (for sure, I still have spent WAY more than I ever thought I would for this hobby, but not much more than a high-end set of golf clubs!! That's my story, and i'm sticking to it)
09-20-2016 04:09 PM
Stick486 the Leigh is so much more than just DT and box joints...
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