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Larger-Capacity Akeda Jig Baker LA

We gave the 16-in. Akeda dovetail jig our Editor's Choice award last year because it was precise and easy to use. Akeda has recently introduced a 24-in. model, suitable for a blanket chest or other large casework, using the same clever system of snap-in, indexed guide fingers.

The Home Depot
(225)658-2592
6600 Main Street
Zachary, LA
Hours
Mon-Sat: 6:00am-10:00pm
Sun: 8:00am-8:00pm

The Home Depot
(225) 201-1778
8181 Airline Hwy
Baton Rouge, LA
 
The Home Depot
(225)664-3656
2255 Home Depot Dr
Denham Springs, LA
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Mon-Sat: 6:00am-10:00pm
Sun: 8:00am-8:00pm

Baker Hardware
(225) 775-1221
6655 Lavey Lane
Baker, LA
 
Le Blancs' Ace Hardware
(225) 658-2784
2300 Church St
Zachary, LA
 
The Home Depot
(225)201-1778
8181 Airline Highway
Baton Rouge, LA
Hours
Mon-Sat: 6:00am-10:00pm
Sun: 8:00am-8:00pm

The Home Depot
(225)293-9629
10300 Coursey Blvd
Baton Rouge, LA
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Mon-Sat: 6:00am-10:00pm
Sun: 8:00am-8:00pm

The Home Depot
(225)755-1729
18139 Highland Rd
Baton Rouge, LA
Hours
Mon-Sat: 6:00am-10:00pm
Sun: 8:00am-8:00pm

Acadian True Value Hdwe
(225) 355-8270
7350 Scenic Hwy
Baton Rouge, LA
 
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(225) 354-7916
2540 Scenic Hwy
Baton Rouge, LA
 

Larger-Capacity Akeda Jig

Larger-Capacity Akeda Jig

 

   

 

We gave the 16-in. Akeda dovetail jig our Editor's Choice award last year because it was precise and easy to use. Akeda has recently introduced a 24-in. model, suitable for a blanket chest or other large casework, using the same clever system of snap-in, indexed guide fingers. The Akeda DC16 and BC24 jigs excel at creating variable-spaced half-blind or through dovetails. (Variable-spaced dovetails generally have wide tails and narrow pins, following the tradition of hand-cut work.) The guide fingers may be positioned anywhere along the jig in 1/8-in. increments. These jigs offer five different dovetail angles, from 7 degrees to 20 degrees, for 1/4-in. to 3/4-in.-thick  stock. (A new 6-degree bit and pin guide for 1 in. stock will be available sometime this year.) Why all the choices? Akeda suggests that dovetails with a wide angle look best in thin stock, and are stronger, while dovetails with a narrow angle are best used for thick stock. These angles are produced by using five matched sets of guide fingers and dovetail bits. Using the Akeda is very simple. You don't have to adjust the jig or do a lot of trial-and-error cutting to get the joint to fit right. The key to this simplicity is a set of dovetail bits and Porter-Cable-style guide bushings manufactured by Akeda. Standard bits and bushings won't work. The basic jigs do not come with any bits, however; they're available in various sets to suit your needs. Akeda bits have 8 mm shanks, which produce less vibration than bits with smaller 1/4-in. shanks. You'll need a reducer, available from Akeda, to use them in a 1/2-in. collet. The dust collection port, which works very well, is a $30 accessory.

Source
Akeda, www.akeda.com, (877) 387-6544, Akeda BC24 Blanket Chest Jig, $440;  BC24 Jig, 7 pc. Bit Set and Dust Collector Kit, $499.


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