One Outstanding Feature

Pro: The Leigh jig cuts every dovetail you're likely to need.

Con; Its complexity can be intimidating. (See Chart, page 73 for specs.)

PORTER-CABLE OMNIJIG 5116 $320

Rugged, heavy and made primarily with metal parts, this jig is built to withstand the rigors of a busy professional woodworking shop. The basic unit cuts fixed-space half-blind dovetails the same way its less-expensive Porter-Cable brother does (see page 70). However, you can buy an Omnijig accessory template ($130) for cutting variable-spaced through dovetails as well. You have to reposition the edge stops when shifting from pins to tails when cutting through dovetails—a minor inconvenience. The jig comes with a template guide and carbide bit for making 1/2-in. half-blind dovetails. There's a wide range of other accessory templates (see page 73).

Pro: The Omnijig is built like a tank.

Con: The combination package is pricey ($450, plus bits).

(See Chart, page 73 for specs.)

Wood Working for Amateur Craftsman

Wood Working for Amateur Craftsman

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