LEIGH RTJ400 Router Table Joinery Jig
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I saw this jig advertised the other day and I thought this looked like a well thought out system.

Anyone have this jig and what are your impressions of it?  

Is it worth the asking price?  

Are there any limitations to this that one should be aware of?

Thanks in advance for the info.

John
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  Re: LEIGH RTJ400 Router Table Joinery Jig by Belle City Woodworking (I saw this jig adver...)
I have one and like it a lot. One important piece, though, is that your router table insert (the piece that holds a bushing) needs to be totally rigid. On my table it can shift back and forth under pressure, which means the dovetails end up loose.
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  Re: RE: LEIGH RTJ400 Router Table Joinery Jig by abernat (I have one and like ...)
(10-15-2020, 10:41 PM)abernat Wrote: I have one and like it a lot. One important piece, though, is that your router table insert (the piece that holds a bushing) needs to be totally rigid. On my table it can shift back and forth under pressure, which means the dovetails end up loose.

Thanks for that info aberrant!
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  Re: LEIGH RTJ400 Router Table Joinery Jig by Belle City Woodworking (I saw this jig adver...)
I've had one since it first came out. It has never been used until this week, and in fact I tried selling it, but had no takers. I have hand cut my dovetails for a dozen and a half years, however, my arthritis (which is why I bought the jig in the first place) in my hands is worsening and to the point that chisel work has me in very bad pain.

I am building a desk for one of my daughters, and all drawers had hand-cut dovetails. I have the case carcass that also needed dovetails. Since all of these show, I want them perfect, and my practice cuts were lacking a bit. Hence I dug our the RTJ400. The hardest thing about the jig was understanding their terminology and instructions, which I think were overly complicated. The jig is very easy to set-up, and gave near perfect results, very quickly. Bear in mind, I spent a few hours practicing, but the results were worth it. Using this jig on a router table, makes it very precise, with the only drawback being identical spacing between tails. I did cut full tails, which are spaced further apart, and, quite frankly, do not look as machine cut (for spacing) that result from many other jigs.

Would I buy this particular jig again? Definitely yes, because in my case, the pain in my hands was limiting enjoying woodworking.
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  Re: RE: LEIGH RTJ400 Router Table Joinery Jig by Tony Z (I've had one since i...)
(10-16-2020, 10:41 AM)Tony Z Wrote: I've had one since it first came out.  It has never been used until this week, and in fact I tried selling it, but had no takers.  I have hand cut my dovetails for a dozen and a half years, however, my arthritis (which is why I bought the jig in the first place) in my hands is worsening and to the point that chisel work has me in very bad pain.

I am building a desk for one of my daughters, and all drawers had hand-cut dovetails.  I have the case carcass that also needed dovetails.  Since all of these show, I want them perfect, and my practice cuts were lacking a bit.  Hence I dug our the RTJ400.  The hardest thing about the jig was understanding their terminology and instructions, which I think were overly complicated.  The jig is very easy to set-up, and gave near perfect results, very quickly.  Bear in mind, I spent a few hours practicing, but the results were worth it.  Using this jig on a router table, makes it very precise, with the only drawback being identical spacing between tails.  I did cut full tails, which are spaced further apart, and, quite frankly, do not look as machine cut (for spacing) that result from many other jigs.
 
Would I buy this particular jig again?  Definitely yes, because in my case, the pain in my hands was limiting enjoying woodworking.

Tony,

Thank you for that response!   I too am dealing with a bit of Arthritis and that is why I am looking at this as an option for the shop.  

Thanks again!
John
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  Re: LEIGH RTJ400 Router Table Joinery Jig by Belle City Woodworking (I saw this jig adver...)
Looks similar to the Keller dovetail jigs, which can also can be used on a router table.

https://www.kellerdovetail.com/
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  Re: RE: LEIGH RTJ400 Router Table Joinery Jig by Ray Newman (Looks similar to the...)
(10-18-2020, 01:06 PM)Ray Newman Wrote: Looks similar to the Keller dovetail jigs, which can also can be used on a router table.

https://www.kellerdovetail.com/

It is similar, in its full through dovetail use, but has far more convenient & secure clamping and handling. I believe Leigh also offers a jig very similar to the Keller and same price.

With the Leigh, you get ability to do different dovetails and box joints.
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