Katie Jig Through-Dovetail Jig

WOOD magazine rating
Average reader rating
5.0
out of 5
Brand:
Katie Jig
Model:
KJ1-12000002
Price:
$260

Description

The Katie Jig system is an industrial grade tool. The guide/tuning forks, spacers, and edge stops in the Katie Jig System are manufactured from high-quality 6061-T6 aluminum, bright dipped and anodized for long life. Katie Jig parts are computer controlled milled to tolerances of ±. 002". This level of quality allows a gap of .006"-. 010" on each of the three sides of the pin to slot—this is the ideal slip for a dovetail joint. Not too tight, not too loose, the right amount of gap for glue—right out of the box with no assembly required.

The two router bits included with the Katie Jig system are made in the USA, industrial grade and equipped with ball bearing guides. Most competitive dovetail jigs use a guide bushing to guide the router bits. Bearings allow you to work off the center line of the bit, which is the most accurate location method for the cutting bit.

The fixture base is extruded from 6105-T5 aluminum, then hard coat anodized. All T-slotted structural extrusions have a drop lock feature a -2° decline from the extrusion corner to the T-slot centerline. This feature acts as a lock-washer to spring load the fastener as it is tightened making the system vibration proof. Once the guide/tuning forks are properly tightened, they are made vibration proof and will not loosen, even under heavy vibration. This vibration proof feature is unique among the variable spaced jig systems to the Katie Jig system. The extrusion allows the all important variable spacing to stay where you put it.

The Katie Jig system:
• Can be used in a traditional bench top setup with your router in hand.
• Can be used on a router table with the optional accessory handles added to the Katie Jig system.
• Can be used to produce variable spaced and sized pins and tails. Pins and tails of the joint may be on different thickness boards with no effect on the joint fit.
• You can connect 2 Katie Jig systems together with the 2X Kit for up to a 26-1/2" capacity.
• Box joints and dovetails joints can be mixed on the same piece of stock with the same one-step setup.

Kit includes: five 7/16" dovetail guide/tuning forks (KJ1-DVT0437A), six 1" spacers (KJ1-35050001), two edge stop assemblies with wing nuts, one dovetail bit (KJ1-D7000437), one pattern bit (KJ1-PB000625), one 5/32" allen wrench (KJ1-000AHK20), the Katie Jig fixture with two (KJ1-20000005) backing boards installed, one manual (KJ1-12M62501).

WOOD magazine review

Variable spacing, easy to use

Review Summary

It took longer to read the manual than to cut the first dovetail with this unit. It came out of the box fully assembled, with backer board installed, and we completed a joint in only seven minutes, with no need to adjust for a perfect fit. The edge stops work great at positioning the workpiece, and it required a 5/32" Allen wrench (included) to remove the 1" spacers. We love that it has variable-spacing available for the guide fingers, so you can adjust the size to suit your project.
The optional handles for router-table use seem unnecessary, since you can hold the jig by the body to do the work.

Detailed Ratings

5.0
out of 5

Performance

5

Features

5

Ease of Use

5

Value

5

Reader Reviews

Highest Quality and Easiest to Set Up

Review Summary

I have had the 5/8" system for over ten years. I am going to buy the 7/16" add on system. You can buy that without having to buy the base unit. You just buy the fingers, router bits and spacers. All the backing boards are 3/4" MDF. Cheaper and easy to make your own. I bought my Katie Jig straight from Hampton House, on their website. The reason I chose it was because of good reviews and it was $100, or more, cheaper than the Leigh or PC jigs and was easier to use.
I was more interested in full dovetails, than half blinds. It is the highest quality tool I own. The router bits I got were CMT's. I read the instructions to do the first joint. After that, I can set it up by eye. I have only used it upside down on my routertable. It doesn't get any simpler than the Katie Jig. The toaster clamps are definately worth having. When I first received it, there were two bolts short in the box. I called the Hampton House phone number. Terry Hampton, the inventor and company President answered the phone. He assured me that the parts needed would be sent right out. He then proceeded to not only give me his personal company phone number, but also his cell phone and his private residence phone number. About three days later, I received a package that included the missing parts, but extra nuts and bolts, extra router bits/with collet reducer and a few other extra parts. woodchuck1954 "A legend in his own Mind"

Detailed Ratings

5.0
out of 5

Performance

5

Features

5

Ease of Use

5

Value

5

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