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Larger-Capacity Akeda Jig Breaux Bridge 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
(337)289-1394
1700 NE Evangeline
Lafayette, LA
Hours
Mon-Sat: 6:00am-10:00pm
Sun: 8:00am-8:00pm

The Home Depot
(337)989-0911
3721 Ambassador Caffery
Lafayette, LA
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Mon-Sat: 6:00am-10:00pm
Sun: 8:00am-8:00pm

Lowe's
(337) 291-2601
120 East Gloria Switch Road
Lafayette, LA
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M-TH 6 am - 9 pm
FRI-SA 6 am - 10 pm
SU 8 am - 8 pm

Ace Hardware
(337) 394-6024
331 S Main St
Saint Martinville, LA
 
Lowe's
(337) 981-3434
3726 Ambassador Caffery
Lafayette, LA
Hours
M-SA 6 am - 10 pm
SU 8 am - 8 pm

The Home Depot
(337)839-5526
213 Saint Nazaire Rd
Broussard, LA
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Mon-Sat: 6:00am-9:00pm
Sun: 8:00am-8:00pm

Breaux Bridge True Value Hrdw
(337) 332-4579
219 S Main St
Breaux Bridge, LA
 
LOWE'S OF N. LAFAYETTE, LA.
337 291-2601
120 EAST GLORIA SWITCH RD LAFAYETTE, LA, 70507
Lafayette, LA
 
BUILDER'S TOOL & FASTENER
337-984-5623
4947 JOHNSTON STREET LAFAYETTE, LA, 70503
Lafayette, LA
 
LOWE'S OF LAFAYETTE, LA.
337 981-3434
3726 AMBASSADOR CAFFERY LAFAYETTE, LA, 70503
Lafayette, 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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