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Rob Bois

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#1 posted 06-16-2010 03:09 AM

I was pretty much sold on buying a dedicated hollow chisel mortiser, and budgeted about $1000 for it. I was looking at the PowerMatic, as well as the Laguna, but then I happened to be looking at my most recent Woodcraft catalog and it just opened to the Leigh jigs page. I hand’t considered the FMT, but why waste time cutting mortises on one machine and tenons on another if this can do both? It seems like the ease of setup and repeatability are second to none, and if you consider that it does the same job as a $1000 free standing mortiser, the price doesn’t sound so bad. Am I missing something here? I’ve heard some comments that it won’t cut tenons on longer pieces, but that’s why I have hand tools.

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