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    My new toy

    The head of our accounting department let me spend some money. So far I am very happy with this thing. No test drive yet, just looking it over. The instructions are a booklet, not the typical pamphlet. The main body is one piece with all stops and locators machined into the surface. More later this weekend when I take it for a test drive. I looked real hard at the Omni Jig, but it went this direction, because router jigs is all Leigh does and they should be good at it.

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    Steve,
    I've got an older Leigh that I've upgraded several times to keep up with improvements. It's very close to D4R in specs now. I REALLY like it. It's definitely the most versatile DT jig out there.

    That said, it's very finicky about setups. Don't deviate one iota from the book (the book is great, btw) though, and you'll be spot-on every time.

    If you want to make some more 'exotic' joints that aren't in the book, Leigh has several tutorial pages on their website.

    You're really gonna like that jig, I'm sure!
    Jim D.
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    Steve, if you'd like to try it out on a coffee table I could use one in the front room....
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    Good choice Steve
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Southwood View Post
    The head of our accounting department
    Took me a little while, but I got it. Pretty funny. Nice gloat too.

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    i second what jim said on the setups.. when you get one dialed in write it down in the book, use a verniers caliper if you have one to get the numbers..and 8mm bits are better than the smaller ones in my opinion. and alittle change makes a big differnce..
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    Better late than never. I fired this up today and made some Through DT's. All I can say is wow, this is one nice piece of equipment. After the 3rd set I had it figured out good enough to call it a day. I can see this getting plenty of use in the future. The Milwaukee D handle really helps with the operation.
    If you don't take pride in your work, life get's pretty boring.

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    I also spent most of my shop time yesterday tuning in the omnijig

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    Congrats Steve. Sounds like you've got a winner there.
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    Congratulations, Steve!

    I've looked at that and a couple of other jigs over the past several years and.....maybe someday. My problem is that I bought an Incra system a few years ago, so it's harder to justify a Leigh now.

    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Southwood View Post
    The head of our accounting department let me spend some money. ...
    I'm glad you have an understanding accountant - sounds like mine. There are times she'll buy something for me if I'm too hesitant! We went on a wood-buying trip yesterday and I had a certain amount in mind. When we left the place, we had twice as much wood as I was planning to get!
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