The Difference Between Unending Frustration and
the Joy of Smooth Productivity
AKEDA’s carbon fiber guide fingers are the final key to AKEDA’s ease of use. But let’s start with the guide rails.
The solid extruded aluminum rear guide rail is held in place with two screws. It is dead parallel with the rest of the dovetail jig.
The AKEDA guide fingers are incrementally positioned in the rear guide rail. The guide rail contains a stainless steel index strip that has punched slots on 1/8” spacing (2.5mm on metric jigs). This high precision index strip is progressively punched and referenced so it’s accurate to within .007” over the length of the 24” jig, and .005” over the length of the 16” jig.
The carbon fiber reinforced guide fingers have two ribs that hook securely into the guide rail, tabs that engage the slots in the index strip, and springs to snap them into place.
They install either from above the jig or below, and lock down or up respectively, so it’s impossible for them to pop out.
The guide fingers ALWAYS lock up dead square and dead flat without screws. It’s impossible for them to slip sideways, or vibrate loose.
They are also set slightly below the guide rails, so your router base never touches them. So it’s impossible to bump up over a misaligned guide finger.
This system also means you can always go back to where you left off, and duplicate any layout with absolute accuracy, something not possible on infinitely variable jigs.
We defy anyone to tell the difference between dovetails formed on an infinitely variable jig, and those formed to a 1/8” increment (2.5mm on metric jigs).
AKEDA’s system of interchangeable guide fingers is unique. The AKEDA dovetail jig is the only one that allows you to change the through dovetail pin angle to compensate for work piece thickness.
Why? Because a shallow pin angle is OK for thicker stock, but a steeper angle is necessary for thinner stock. The steeper angle provides a stronger wedge and more gluing area. There are five different angles to choose from.
But that’s not all. These five different pin angles share the same geometry, and that’s one more reason why there are no adjustments on the AKEDA dovetail jig.
The slender through dovetail pins formed on the AKEDA jig are much more attractive because their proportions are related to your work piece thickness. Plus, steeper angle dovetail pins maximize the gluing area on thinner stock.
The AKEDA user manual is less than 50 pages. If you’ve previously owned a dovetail jig, you may not even need it.
The AKEDA dovetail jig is so intuitive, you can produce perfectly fitting dovetails in minutes, store it back on the shelf in its original carton, then continue on right where you left off, days or even months later.
There has never been a dovetail jig that is so easy to learn and understand, so quick to set up and so simple to operate as the AKEDA dovetail jig. AKEDA has succeeded in designing all of those obsolete adjustments out of the jig through a patented system of geometry.
Think about this.
First, you create your own joint layout by snapping the guide fingers into the jig, pin guides at one end and tail guides at the other. Then you can…
Change from through dovetails to half blind dovetails to box joints; switch between pins and tails; change work piece thickness; change dovetail angle; form rabbeted joints; fine tune your joint fit; rest your router on the jig, follow the guide fingers and integral guide rails; and remove the dust and chips.
…and all you'll ever “adjust” is the clamp knob!
The AKEDA dovetail jig is so accurate, and machined to such tight tolerance, you may never need to make any adjustment. But what about those rare occasions when you need to make your dovetail joints slightly tighter or looser?
Easy. The system is so foolproof, we've provided .004” oversize and .004” undersize guide bushings for fine tuning your dovetails!
(a) Tail guides, (b) half blind pin guides, (c) through dovetail pin guides.
Your router base never touches the guide fingers
The index strip in the rear guide rail locates guide fingures in 1/8” increments.
You can install guide fingers from above (left) or below (right).