The Mortise Pal Tool Review (full length version)

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Blog entry by Gord Graff posted 11-15-2009 08:56 PM 13181 reads 10 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi All,

I was encouraged by a number of members here to post the tool review I shot not long ago regarding the Mortise Pal jig.

I must warn you, this video tool review is not for the faint at heart, it’s a full 27 minutes long. I can assure you that I didn’t gloss over this jig for the sake of doing a tool review.

As always, give the player a minute to load.

All the best

-- Informing & Inspiring Today’s Woodworkers:

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#1 posted 11-15-2009 10:55 PM

You should move/repost this to the reviews section. Also, there seems to be a skip backwards at 8:00, which goes back to talking about the slot being 1/64” oversized for the bushing. Besides that, great review :)

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#2 posted 11-16-2009 04:21 AM

I bought this jig several months ago.. Your video will allow me to use it much more effectively.

Many thanks sir. Scott

-- “When you want to help people, you tell them the truth. When you want to help yourself, you tell them what they want to hear.” ― Thomas Sowell

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#3 posted 11-16-2009 06:04 AM

Nice video. Great tool. I’ve been talking up this jig since I got the first model. MP now sells pre-milled tenon stock. I also suggest getting the long bits because the template sits 1/2” or so above the surface of the stock.

-- tim hill

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#4 posted 11-20-2009 04:53 AM

Nice Review!

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#5 posted 02-16-2010 01:40 AM

Excellent review Gord. it’s better then the OEM.

I found my way here from here,

I have the latest version. Have only used it a couple of times but it is a slick jig.

Thanks again for the great review.


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Gord Graff

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#6 posted 02-16-2010 03:00 AM

Hi Jim,

Glad you like the review, I had a lot of fun doing it.

All the best

-- Informing & Inspiring Today’s Woodworkers:

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#7 posted 03-23-2010 05:39 AM

Great review Gord!

I just received mine in the mail today, I am very impressed with the action on all moving parts. I can already tell that this is a quality product.

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Gord Graff

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#8 posted 03-23-2010 11:18 PM

Hello AKWoody,

It is a quality product and you’ll wonder how you ever got along without it.

All the best

-- Informing & Inspiring Today’s Woodworkers:

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#9 posted 03-29-2010 09:08 AM

I have been cutting mortises with it all day today and I couldnt be happier. I highly recommend this product

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#10 posted 07-21-2010 04:37 AM

Gord, its been a couple months since you posted this but, this video review is one of the best . You are very good at demonstrating products. I really appreciate how through you were in showing what this product can do. Keep the reviews rolling this one was great. Thanks Aaron

-- Aaron - central California "If you haven't got the time to do it right, when will you find the time to do it over?"

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#11 posted 11-08-2010 07:32 PM

It is a great review very thorough.


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#12 posted 04-24-2011 10:50 PM

It looks like a well thought out product. Looks like with a little coercing, it could also work for mortising hinges. Thanks for the review.

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