The World’s Only Dovetail Jig With Hand-Free
AKEDA set out to demonstrate that dovetail jigs don’t have to be complicated. The result is a landmark improvement over other dovetail jigs. Forming beautiful dovetail joints with the look of hand cut dovetails is no longer a daunting challenge, trying to unravel a 150-page user manual.
Take a peak inside an AKEDA dovetail jig and see how it all comes together.
It all starts with AKEDA's unique clamping system. It's at the heart of the AKEDA system.
The AKEDA dovetail jig has three distinct and dedicated clamping positions instead of the all-purpose single clamps you find on other dovetail jigs. Roll your cursor over the three thumbnails (above right) and you'll understand right away.
And note how your horizontal stock is clamped up under the dovetail jig instead of down on top.
In one brilliant stroke, AKEDA completely eliminated the need for a loose finger assembly that needs to be adjusted fore/aft, up/down, and then correctly positioned.
This innovation means the guide finger mounting system is rigid, parallel and absolutely accurate - it's built right into the jig. And you'll never have to compensate for the type of joint, pins or tails, or your stock thickness.
Automatic work piece positioning! It doesn’t get any easier than this!
The rear vertical clamping position is dedicated to through dovetail pin and tail pieces, and box joints.
The front vertical clamping position is dedicated to half blind tail pieces and the tail piece of sliding dovetails.
The horizontal clamping system is dedicated to half blind pin pieces and the tail socket of sliding dovetails. Unlike other jigs, the horizontal clamp is inverted, so your work piece is clamped up from below, instead of being clamped down from above.
You never have to adjust your work piece to the correct position. By simply spinning the clamp knob, you can switch between through dovetails, half blind dovetails and box joints in seconds. There’s no guesswork.
The clamp tube is driven by a pair of clamp screws. But that’s where the similarity with other jigs ends. Each pair of clamp screws is linked by a totally enclosed timing belt transmission to provide smooth, effortless clamping - with only one clamp knob!
Yes, it’s true! You’ll never need to juggle the clamp screws at opposite ends of the jig. So one of your hands is always free to position your work piece. And in case you’re left handed, the knob fits at either end of the jig.
We don’t even fully appreciate this great feature ourselves because it feels so natural…. you may not either, until you go back to fliddling with the clamp knobs on an old style dovetail jig.
Some users say this is AKEDA’s best feature.
You may have noticed how lightweight aluminum clamp tubes bow very easily, so you always have to tighten one end more than the other to balance the clamping pressure, all the time wondering how far you can go before you bend the clamp tube.
The clamp tubes in the AKEDA dovetail jig are almost 1/8” thick steel. We probably went a little overboard on this one...
Each clamp tube has a 1/2" diameter threaded clamp screw at each end that runs in lifetime bearings and a steel nut. We probably went a little overboard on this too...
From the outside, it looks like you’re clamping against aluminum extrusions. Take another look. The extrusions are the cosmetic housings that enclose the transmissions. And embedded in the extrusions are 1/8” thick heavy gauge steel channels that handle all the clamping forces. The horizontal clamp bar is a solid steel bar, a full 1/2” thick.
We don’t compromise on quality. Ever.
All the internal components of the AKEDA Dovetail Jig are keyed into precision machined pressure cast end plates.
And what does that mean?
It simply means that every component in your AKEDA dovetail jig, and most important, your work piece, is guaranteed to be always, automatically, and without any effort, absolutely accurate and perfectly parallel.
Through dovetail pin and tail work pieces are clamped against the rear vertical channel.
Half blind dovetail tail work pieces are clamped against the front vertical channel.
Half blind dovetail pin work pieces are clamped in the horizontal clamping system.