AKEDA Tool Sales is the licensee of AKEDA’s innovative technology. We manufacturer high-end router-based woodworking jigs for cabinetmakers and professional craftsmen.
Our products are designed for those craftsmen who demand a refined tool of uncompromising quality, cabinet shops that need peak productivity as well as versatility, and professional craftsmen who expect consistent, flawless performance.
Kevan Lear, the designer of the AKEDA jig, was for many years a product design and development consultant in the Pacific Northwest. During its 20 years of operations, his company designed over 150 consumer products. You may already own one of the products he designed - or taken a ride in one!
A keen woodworker, one of his clients was Leigh Industries Ltd. During the 1980s Kevan personally designed all the Leigh Dovetail Jigs that were invented by Ken Grisley, president of Leigh Industries.
But he always felt there must be a better way. So he started out with a clean sheet of paper and set out to design a superior dovetail jig, one that would stand up to heavy usage, be easier to learn and set up, and be far more intuitive and enjoyable to use.
The result, the new generation AKEDA jig was launched in 2001. It was immediately acclaimed by reviewers as the "new mark by which all other dovetail jigs would be measured", and hailed by a professional woodworker as "a landmark improvement over the Leigh dovetail jig".
Kevan Lear continues to provide design services to AKEDA.
AKEDA is a leader in innovation. In fact, we're flattered by how we're often copied by other manufacturers who've lost their ability to innovate.
AKEDA was first with dust collection, full router support, permanently parallel hand-free clamping, automatic work piece positioning, and many other features new to dovetail jigs.
Nothing's changed at AKEDA. More "firsts" are always on the way!
Woodworking tools are a vital part of our craft, and we all invest heavily in them. We expect the manufacturer to stand behind them. At AKEDA we believe our responsibilities don’t end with your purchase. We’re with you all the way, whenever you need us.
The original owner of the company achieved a reputation for technical support unsurpassed in the industry. He is also the inventor and designer of the AKEDA technology. You'll be speaking to him in person when you call technical support! The discussion forums have described us as "The Gold Standard" in technical support.
When it comes to product quality, we will never compromise on the quality of our products. We build professional world-class products, built to last a lifetime. Period.
We try to minimize our impact on the environment. Whenever and wherever possible, we endeavor to use manufacturing materials that can be effectively recycled in the future. The result is a more rugged and durable tool, built the traditional way with 95% all-metal construction by weight. And we recycle everything at the office.
If you excel in your chosen career, and you believe you can further your own career by contributing to AKEDA's vision, we'd like to hear from you! We're always looking for the best in the industry!
We are currently seeking a "renaissance man" of Business Development and Internet Marketing. An equity position is a possibility.
All corporate submissions relating to mergers, acquisitions, investments and joint ventures may be directed to Kevan Lear.
An owner emailed us, "Your jig is a joy to use!" What more could we ask?