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Leigh D4R Dovetail Jig Review
Rated Author's Choice "Best Overall"
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Fine Woodworking Magazine - Nov/Dec 2006

Leigh Super Dovetail Jigs Review
First look at the Leigh Super Jigs
http://www.taunton.com/finewoodworking/ToolGuide/ToolGuideArticle.aspx?id=29096
Fine Woodworking

Leigh Super Dovetail Jigs Review
Glen Huey has a first look at Leigh's new Super Jig line
http://www.popularwoodworking.com/article/leigh-dovetail-jigs-new-design-affordably-priced
Popular Woodworking

Leigh Super Dovetail Jigs Review
Randy Maxey, Associate Editor of Woodsmith and ShopNotes magazines checks out the new line of Leigh Super Jigs
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Woodsmith/Shopnotes Magazines

Leigh Super Dovetail Jigs Review
See what the folks at Shop Notes are saying about the new line of Leigh Super Jigs
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Shop Notes

Leigh FMT Frame Mortise & Tenon Jig Reveiw
Fine Woodworking reviews machines for routing Mortise & Tenon Joints
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Fine Woodworking

Leigh FMT Frame Mortise & Tenon Jig Reveiw
Spot on accuracy and utmost flexibility
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American Woodworker

Leigh FMT Frame Mortise & Tenon Jig Reveiw
The Mortise & Tenon joint is one of the most widely used joints in the woodworker's repertoire
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Canadian Woodworking Magazine

Leigh FMT Frame Mortise & Tenon Jig Reveiw
Is it worth it? .... a resounding yes!
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Popular Woodworking

Leigh FMT Frame Mortise & Tenon Jig Reveiw
Top 10 Tools - 2004 Winner
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Workbench Review

Leigh FMT Frame Mortise & Tenon Jig Reveiw
Compare the Leigh Frame Mortise & Tenon Jig with the Trend Mortise & Tenon Jig
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Australian Wood Review

Leigh FMT Frame Mortise & Tenon Jig Reveiw
GW Verdict - Perfect joints every time
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Good Woodworking Magazine

Leigh FMT Frame Mortise & Tenon Jig Reveiw
Even when everything goes well with the regular method of making mortise and tenon joints, you’ll probably have to rely on quite a bit of fussy hand work to get the joints to fit just right. The time may not be significant if you’re making only a couple of drawers, but if you get into a big project, it can multiply quickly. That’s why several manufacturers produce jigs designed to reduce the time, effort and skill required to quickly produce mortise and tenon joints. The best jig I’ve used is the Leigh FMT® (Frame Mortise and Tenon). You’ll invest an hour or so in the initial setup, but after that you’ll crank out accurate and identical joints so fast you’ll almost guilty. Even if you remove the router from the sub-base to do other work, you can restore it to perfect position in about one minute. The jig has a micro-adjust capability, so you have full control over how snugly your joints fit. And even better than that, the adjustment knobs are calibrated so you can change bits and guides for a different joint size and then instantly restore your original settings. The Leigh jig is pricey, but if you value your time and want accuracy, you won’t be disappointed. Robert J Settich Taunton’s Build Like A Pro – Built-Ins
Build Like A Pro - Robert J. Settich

Leigh Super FMT Frame Mortise & Tenon Jig Reveiw
SUMMARY REVIEW Leigh Industries recently debuted a new version of its FMT (frame, mortise, and tenon) jig. The Super FMT works much like the original, but at $449 costs half as much. In a recent article (FWW #206) comparing mortisers, I gave the original FMT high marks for accuracy, speed, and ease of use, so I was interested to see if the new model cut clean, matching mortises and tenons as well as the original. It did. One reason the Super FMT costs less than the original is because it’s made from formed steel instead of machined aluminum. This did not affect its accuracy. It also uses less-expensive F-clamps to hold the workpiece rather than the smooth-acting, cam-action clamps on the original. Another significant difference is the removable joint-alignment sight, which snaps into place on the new model instead of retracting into the jig housing. To use the Super FMT, you first align a router to the jig table. Fortunately, this is a one-time setup and after that, the router can be removed and reattached easily. Next, you mark the joint centerline on the stock and clamp the stock to the front of the jig. Then you line up the table that supports the router using the snap-in sight. If you’re cutting multiple pieces, this step is only done once. Plastic guides define the joint size and steer the router as it cuts. The jig comes with guides for 5/16-in.-thick mortises and tenons. Guides for other joint sizes from 1/4 in. to 1/2 in. thick are available. The Super FMT (leighjigs.com) gives you perfectly fitted mortises and tenons, of almost any size, at almost any angle, in minutes. Given its price and versatility, I’d take this jig over any benchtop mortiser.
http://www.finewoodworking.com/ToolGuide/ToolGuideProduct.aspx?id=33521&tab=_editor
Fine Woodworking Magazine - Tim Albers

Leigh Super FMT Frame Mortise & Tenon Jig Reveiw
Leigh has created an excellent jig, with repeatable accuracy
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http://www.thisoldworkshop.com/index.php/menu-toolreviews/16-catagory-toolreviews/catagory-joinery/34-review-fmt
This Old Workshop - Daniel

Leigh F3 Finger Joint Template Review - Top 10 Award
See what Tom has to say about the new F3
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newwoodworker.com - Tom Hintz

Leigh M2 Multiple Mortise & Tenon Attachment Review - Top 10 Award
Check out this one of a kind template - 0nly fron Leigh
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newwoodworker.com - Tom Hintz

Leigh Hold-down Clamps Review
"these have to be perhaps the most versatile and heavy duty cam clamps I have used to date."
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Online Tool Reviews

Leigh D1600 Dovetail Jig Review
Rated "Editor's Choice - 2006"
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American Woodworker

Leigh D1600 Dovetail Jig Review
"You know you have a special tool when you can craft virtually perfectly fitting joinery quickly and easily"
http://www.onlinetoolreviews.com/reviews/leighd1600.htm
Online Tool Reviews

Leigh D1600 Dovetail Jig Review
The Leigh D1600 has been awarded the Top Tool Award for Dovetail jigs under $350
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Wood Magazine


Testimonials

D4R Pro Metric
"Hi Barry! It's very difficult for us to find someone who has a real interest in helping us understand the product. I'm a 51 year old orthodontist, and sincerely, only a few times in my life have I experienced the kind of attention received from you (and Leigh Industries). I'm sure that the products I'm buying are the best and I'm very happy for that. I have difficulty expressing because English is not my main language but I know you can understand me. Perhaps you don't have contact with many people from Brazil but I can say thank you so much for your professionalism. Luciano Tastaldi Săo Paulo - Brasil"
Luciano Tastaldi


D4R Pro
"Dear Leigh Jigs, I just wanted to drop a quick line and say how wonderful it is to own a 24" D4R Pro. Dovetails were something that I avoided due to using an inferior jig setup once in the past. I wont' name names, but it was about the cheapest thing I could find on the market. What a mistake. Recently my wife was commenting on a piece that had dovetail joinery. She asked me why I never used that kind of a joint in my projects. Well the got the wheels turning, and at that point I was determined to find a better solution. I imagined that the online videos had to be leaving something out as it seemed way to easy to make through dovetails with your jig, but I was determined to master dovetail joinery. Looking at a few reviews online, I bit the bullet and bought the jig along with the VRS and bit accessory pack. I have to say my first set of dovetails turned out amazing. I had a perfectly aligned, tight fitting set with only one adjustment of the fingers, and one slight tweak of the guide bush. Amazing. Now that our end table has much more sturdy replacement drawer, I can't wait to see where I'll be able to incorporate dovetails into my next project. I truly am stunned by the great results, quality of your product, and the quality of the bits you produce. Thank you for producing such a fine tool. You can bet I'll be buying the other joint templates that fit this jig in the near future. Sincerely, David Crumley"
David Crumley


Leigh Customer Service
"Good morning Barry, Thank you for helping me with my router problem. As time goes on, customer service seem to fade so I really appreciate your assistance. I finally spoke to a technical person like yourself (who knows their product) and found out the router I purchased did not have the correct 1/2" collet. If you already sent the parts to me, I will gladly pay for them and or send them back to you since your collect was not the problem. With out a doubt Leigh products are some of the best manufactured and it's nice to have a manufacture support their products! Marcel Jarreau Pass Christian, MS "
Marcel Jarreau - Christian Pass, MS


D3 Dovetail Jig
"In this age of limited warranties, I thought I'd relate a good news story about one manufacturer who stands 100% behind their products. 17 years ago when Leigh Industries produced a new generation of their reputable dovetail jigs, I decided to take the plunge. I bought their flagship (then) D3 model, capable of making variable-spaced dovetails in panels up to 24" wide. I used it very successfully throughout the years and as new upgrades came along, I'd look at them and would order those I felt enhanced the jig……. Based on my personal experience, Leigh Industries engineers and manufactures jigs that work precisely and efficiently. If you run into problems, they're there to help you. Can't do any better than that in my books. Check out their website at: http://www.leighjigs.com/home.php I think you'll be impressed with their line of innovative products. Marty’s Custom Woodworking Ontario, Canada "
Marty's Custom Woodworking


Leigh FMT Frame Mortise & Tenon Jig
"Six months ago I purchased your FMT Jig. I feel obligated to let you know that this is the most well made product I own. After a couple hours of familiarization, I was off and running. I have used the jig at least 50 times now and each time it has performed perfectly (not adequately-perfectly). Even the documentation exceeded my expectations. Your company should be proud of your product and it is my hope you are successful. You all deserve it! Bill Fitch "
Bill Fitch,


Web Site
"Well done – your site just gets better and better! I have long thought you should make more of the inspirational photos and you are doing so. They are fantastic publicity for you. And the instructional videos are superb – I had not seen them before. Your products are world class. Your documentation is the best in the field. And now your site deserves a medal too. Well done and thank you! "
Andrew - England


Leigh Instruction Manuals
"I would like to say, that in my 55 years of buying tools that I have never seen a better manual. It covers everything one needs to know about the product. Whoever put this manual together should get a pat on the back. Maybe if the tool industry looked at this manual we would have better manuals to use, but then again, it takes great pride in your company and your product to do what you have done. Thank you for giving me the chance to pass my thoughts on to you. "
Roger Kingsbury, Riverview, FL


Leigh D4 Dovetail Jig
"I have made a total of 28 drawers that I shall start scoring for bottom panels tomorrow. Then they will be assembled and finished. I can honestly tell You that the D4 jig has elevated the quality level of what my shop now can produce to a degree that I didn’t think I was capable of just two weeks ago. At the start I had to refer to the instructions for every step of the procedure. Now the book is back in its drawer. The quick refresher for each chapter is a stroke of genius that will come in handy. Another thing is the way the book is made. The spiral binding makes it very easy use. The D4 is a superior product. From now on it will now command a central spot in my shop. Thank You for your help. "
Stig Lundberg, a very satisfied customer


Customer Service
"Wow, thanks a ton! I'll check with Woodsmith. I knew your product was top notch. This tells me your customer service is too! "
Jim McCool


Leigh D1600 Dovetail Jig
"Thank you so much. This jig is AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!! It's easy to use, and the dovetail joints are perfect. My comb jig is now an antique. Excuse me, but my dovetails are now as good as the ones NORM MAKES!! "
Joe Reynolds


Leigh D1600 Dovetail Jig
"i just purchased the d-1600 for our shop. it is a great tool . one i could never be without . thank you , you folks did a great job. it's so easy to use, my wife is turning out beautiful boxes of all kind's , with only a yr. of woodworking experience. a very well thought out design. it's a pleasure to have a company like your's, that really cares about the modern day woodworker. the quality is A-1 & your instruction manual is without a doubt, the best in it's class. keep up the wonderful quality in your product's. all of us here at riedell guitars appreciate it . it's the best dovetail jig i have ever used. my best ,,,,,larry riedell note: you may use this letter for any advertising that you chose . "
Larry Riedell


Leigh Joinery Jigs
"FMT - "It took me about 1hr to set up and about 5 minutes to learn how to use" D4R - "I have been making perfect joints ever since and it now is so easy to make drawers (I hated to make drawers before)" "
Jean-Paul McIntyre - Campbelton, NB


Leigh D4R Dovetail Jig
"Today I decided to take my new Leigh D4R Jig out for a test drive. All I can say is WOW! The booklet of instructions is great. This Jig is so easy to use and simple to set up. It is very well made. I tip my hat to you. Job well done. My first attempt at the Thru DT came out OK,( I had my ins and outs mixed up) but still good. I realized my mistake and made another. It came out perfect. Thanks Leigh Robert Domulevicz Baltimore Maryland USA "
Robert Domulevicz - Baltimore, Maryland


Leigh Jigs
"Dear Leigh Industries, I wanted to take an opportunity to let you know how impressed I am with your FMT jig and your D4R dovetailing machine. I purchased both a couple of months ago and let me say this: your company really did their homework designing these jigs! I wish that all of my tools worked as well as your jigs did right out of the box! The assembly couldn't be much easier and your instruction booklets and DVD are first rate. I wish all of the tools sold had such clear and concise directions. I was making mortise and tenon joints immediately because I had to make a set of chairs that required the use of "loose tenon" joinery. Your FMT performed great with fine repeatability! After 1 practice dovetail joint, I made 9 drawers and now all of my drawer joints are made with dovetail joints. They look great and the jig couldn't be easier to use. Make no mistake, set up can be a bit tedious, but I'm sure that's the same with all dovetailing jigs. If you want great looking, tight-fitting dovetails, you have to sweat the setup, just like any other precise woodworking operation. And, again, the repeatability is fantastic! Your customer service department was very helpful and professional and even told me how I could save money by buying from a dealer rather than from you directly. I ended up saving about $139 as a result! Thanks for being reputable in an age where that's going by the wayside. Please feel free to use any part of this letter as a testimonial in any sales material you produce. I couldn't be more happy with my Leigh Jigs experience and I want everyone to know it! Sincerely, Steve Kunda Sierra Nevada Workshop Las Vegas, NV "
Steve Kunda - Las Vegas, NV


Leigh FMT Frame Mortise & Tenon Jig
"I recently purchased the Frame Mortise & Tenon jig. A wonderful addition to my home/workshop. Thanks to all who designed this great shop addition. - David"
David


Leigh D4 Dovetail Jig
"The Leigh D4 dovetailing jig has to be the most ingenious tool I have purchased to date"
Tom Hintz




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