There’s no such thing as the BEST all time dovetail jig. I learned that lesson most clearly from Jack Loganbill over at the Woodshop:
If there’s one thing you take away from this article it’s that you really DO need to do your homework. You have to know what kinds of dovetails you’ll be making the most and have a firm budget set.
This article starts with the top dovetail jig review resources I could find followed by a survey of a couple different forums discussing their favorite dovetail jigs. It closes with videos from some of the dovetail jig manufacturers so you can get a better idea of what they look like in action. The ‘Creekers set me off on this jig odyssey with the forum thread: Best Dovetail Jig?
Top Dovetail Jig Review Resources:
What is the Best Dovetail Jig?
Top Dovetail Jigs from the Forums:
Don’t use these as a buying guide so much as a vote of confidence for the jig you have in mind…
1) Leigh Dovetail Jigs: 12 votes total
Leigh D4: 7
Leigh D4 Resources:
Leigh D4 Dovetail Jig Review (New Woodworker)
Leigh D4-24 Dovetail Jig Review (Benchmark)
Leigh versus Akeda dovetail jig (Benchmark)
3) Porter-Cable Dovetails: 4 Votes
PC Omnijig: 3 votes
PC 4212: 1 vote
4) Incra Jig: 3 Votes
5) Gifkins Dovetail Jig: 3 Votes
forum discussion: Any Gifkins dovetail jig users out there?
7) Trend jig: 1 Vote
Dovetail Jig Videos From the Manufacturers:
Leigh D4R Dovetail Jig summary
PORTER-CABLE Jigs: OMNIJIG
Woodcraft Cutting Dovetails With The AKEDA Dovetail Jig
WoodRat: Through Dovetailing