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The UJK Technology Dovetail Jig can be used to cut half blind dovetails for drawer construction, as well as precise comb or finger joints (up to 28mm thick material) which could be used, for example, in utility furniture. It will also cut through dovetails, (in material up to 19mm) which would be ideally suited for a project like a toolbox.
This tool is robustly made from heavy gauge, 3.5mm steel pressings and is very simple to set up and use. Fitted with cam action clamps, the workpieces are held quickly and securely while the smooth anodised finish on the 6mm thick, machined finger template ensures that both parts of the joint are cut accurately and cleanly. The jig can be used with any router that will take 1/2" or 8mm shank cutters. It also has a pre-set router depth adjustment knob as well as a unique stabiliser bar located in front of the comb, which provides a much greater surface area on which to bear the router base. A matched pair of Axcaliber cutters (7° dovetail/straight) and an additional Leigh guide bush adaptor to suit the router should also be purchased. Finger joint 10mm width, length maximum 25mm
The UJK Dovetail Jig also incorporates a 62mm dust extraction port to aid safe and efficient operation. Supplied with 2 x 6mm thick aluminium combs, American style threaded guide bush as well as full instructions. Material capacity: 300mm width, 6–28mm dovetail thickness.
29 September 2015
what a shame...This is a beautifully made and designed jig with an excellent manual. It would be a 5 star product of it weren't for 2 fatal flaws. Firstly, though the manual and the website both say it cuts through dovetails in material up to 28mm thick, the matched set of cutters Axminster supply with it are really only designed for blind dovetails and can't cut a through dovetail deeper than 19mm. Axminster told me it was impossible to cut a through dovetail deeper than that on the jig, which is nonsense: you just need a longer tail cutter. Rutlands sell one 24mm long that works a treat. Axminster, whose product this is, incredibly don't. Secondly, though this is made for the UK it uses imperial templates so it is supplied with 2 American Leigh router guides. You have to buy an adapter for European routers, they don't do one for my Bosch, but they do for my Festool. The adapter is very inaccurate, cut with imperial holes to fit metric screws (which stand proud of the base plate: Leigh apparently don't know about countersinking). You also have to change guides every time to go from tails to pins, so two small steel screws going into an aluminium router base won't last long.
Mark de Roussier
6 April 2015
Good results, but some flawsI'm not a routing expert, but I want to be able to produce comb and dovetail joints quickly and reliably, so I figured learning to use a jig like this was the way to go. It also advertised the ability to deal with wide range of board thicknesses, which was important to me.