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I just traded for a 24" Leigh D4, I've been looking at them for years and the opportunity arose so I took it. Those of you who have one, are there any small tidbits of info that make the use of the machine easier, or cautions that you would advise? I've NEVER dovetailed before but would like to start, hence the addition to the tool inventory. I've not yet even looked at the manual and don't want to spend hours going thru stuff that may not really be necessary to know when it all really comes down to A, B, and C. If you know what I mean.

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I've not yet even looked at the manual and don't want to spend hours going thru stuff
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use the search function here and ease up on the short cutting...
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I purchased the porter cable model to make cabinet drawers. The set up it takes is worth it to me if I am doing several Those contraptions take time to set up. Consistent material thickness is the key. Dialing in your bit depth is critical When you "practice" your set up make sure its the same thickness as your project material. Wade through the instructions for once they are necessary.
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That's right, Jack. Real men don't read instructions. It's just words. lol

But when all else fails -- you can always go back and see where you screwed up, and how to get replacement parts!!

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On Leigh's web site there a bunch of stuff that can be downloaded, you have made a good choice. The D4 is a great jig. N
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A long, long time ago (maybe today, as well) military manuals had a "Theory of Operation" section (or complete manual) that explained "HOW" the functional specifications were handled. Many of the companies that provided products to the military also made the same manuals available to the general public. The technical part of me misses those sections.

As to your question, I would discard anything in the manual that sounds like it describes anything and just keep the pages that describe how to set it up. All the "how to use it" pages should be ripped out and shredded...it's so much more interesting that way. Besides, it keeps the number of posts up...

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I'm guessing you've probably noted the replies are all saying "RTFM"... That Leigh is top of the line...guessing its worth a full manual read.

Those of us that are hobbyists actually need the manuals more than the production guys...they do it every day...the rest of us do it every year... After all, how many times will we replace or make our own kitchen drawers...boxes for holidays...cedar chest...

Like HJ says...you can always go back and see where you screwed up...
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inviting Darla..

that hurt...

This would have been the week that I'd have finished chewing thru the restraints...
If only new layers hadn't been added....

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For the youthful crowd, Darla was the adorable girl in the Our Gang comedies of the late 1920s and 30s. Darla Hood was the one who broke up the he-man girl haters club in one very funny episode. Spanky came into the series of short films a bit later.
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For the youthful crowd, Darla was the adorable girl in the Our Gang comedies of the late 1920s and 30s. Darla Hood was the one who broke up the he-man girl haters club in one very funny episode. Spanky came into the series of short films a bit later.
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I feel most posters that are strenuously advocating" read the manual" or offering ridicule for short cutting are speaking from the experience

of ignoring the manual.
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