This really is a superb package which contains the award winning D4RM Pro dovetail jig plus the very effective VRS Vacuum & Router Support which not only extracts the waste but makes using the jig safer and easier. Also included is an excellent Leigh 8mm Shank 12 Piece Cutter Set to carry out a wide range of different joint sizes.
Leigh D4RM Pro Dovetail Jig
In a class of its own, the Leigh D4RM offers; through, half blind and sliding dovetails with infinite adjustment of pins and tail widths. A precision one-piece extruded aluminium body, with non-marring textured clamping surfaces and machined-in side stops adds extra rigidity and accuracy. The D4RM, produces joints with that classic hand-cut look. The jig is supplied with the more robust 8mm diameter shank cutters. Adjustment scales are calibrated in metric (Not available in imperial). Included with the jig is the 711TP guide bush which fits directly onto many popular routers; other routers may need different guide bush and adaptor. The very full specification includes: 8° and 14° dovetail cutters, 5/16" diameter straight cutter, 168 page user guide, 45 minute instructional DVD, cam action material clamps, guide bars for cutting sliding dovetails and mounting hardware.
Leigh VRS Vacuum & Router Support
Revolutionary dust free Routing for a safer, cleaner workshop.
The revolutionary Leigh VRS Vacuum and Router Support, provides almost 100% dust and chip collection, as well as amazing full width router support. The VRS is a must for all Leigh Dovetail Jig owners. Available for all Super Jigs, D1600, D4R & all 24" D-series Jigs.
The router is positioned between the control arms attached to the vacuum chute below. The arms are adjustable to suit any size router base. The vacuum chute glides effortlessly from side to side on nylon rollers and automatically follows the router when routing the joint or when the router is parked off to the
side. The chute is always in the perfect position to catch the chips being thrown out by the high-speed router bit action. Chips and sawdust are drawn into the vacuum chute and down through the vacuum hose. Each VRS comes complete with two adaptors to fit all popular vacuum hose
sizes from 1" to 2.1/2". The VRS can be used with a small shop vac or large built in system.
The VRS is a full width router support. When the work piece has been routed on one side of the jig, the router can be effortlessly moved to the other side of the jig and parked while the work piece is being changed. There is no need to remove the router from the jig.
As the vacuum box is always in perfect position relative to the router bit, the dust and chips are drawn into the chute and vacuum hose.
The dust chute rides beneath the router support beam. Control arms ensure accurate positioning of the chute and the size and shape of the chute ensures total waste collection regardless of bit size or joint type being routed.
The VRS will work with almost any shop vac or large vac system. Two adaptors are included with every VRS to handle hose sizes from 1" to 2.1/2".
Leigh 8mm Shank 12 Piece Cutter Set
The larger cross section (58% more mass) of 8mm shank bits makes them considerably stronger than 1/4" shank bits, resulting in smoother, faster cuts with less chatter and greater safety.
12 piece set contains Leigh cutters 50-8, 60-8, 70-8, 75-8, 101-8, 112-8, 128-8, 90,100, 150,160 & 172-8.
Please note: Set contain 1/2" shank cutters not suitable for use with the Leigh Super jigs.
24 May 2018
Worked perfectly straight out of the boxI have put of buying the Leigh jig for a long time because of the cost but faced with 3 projects and over 20 drawers I bit the bullet. Very quick and easy to set up and a morning playing with it making through, half blind and sliding dovetails with all coming out perfect at the first attempt has convinced me how good it is. The manual is excellent taking you through each step in well illustrated and written bullet points. A small point but my Bosch router and guide bush adapter make it impossible to see the router bit cutting and it's exact location, I took the dust collector of the VRS and checked the relative positions of fingers and router bit so that I had a mental picture as to where it actually was and needed to be when cutting. More down to the router than the jig.
1 February 2014
Customer Service UpdateFollowing on from my previous review, the Axminster team in Sittingbourne were true to there word, replacement parts were delivered within a few days of me speaking to them. We'll done Axminster
14 April 2013
Ist Time Fit Half Blind DovetailsAfter a considerable amount of research I chose the D4RM Jig due to the flexibility this jig offers. The instructions are really clear and concise enabling me to cut 1st time fit half blind dovetails. The only slight dissapointment considering the cost of this jig is that a couple of the tiny bolts that lock the fingers in place were already threaded straight out of the box. However I know when I speak to Axminster they will resolve this for me (On a personal note I would like to add that the customer service I have experienced from Axminster to date is 1st class,)