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#1 posted 06-16-2010 11:35 PM

Most woodworkers, myself included, have an undying fascination with complex jigs, fixtures, and machinery. In my experience, the purchase of a jig or machine should really rest on-1) the amount of production you intend to put out with it, and 2) whether time=money or not.
In the case of mortise and tenons, I’ve-1) cut them with handtools, 2) used a router for the mortises, and a bandsaw for the tenons, followed by rounding over the edges with a file, 3) bought a Delta Hollow chisel mortiser, and used a tenoning jig on my table saw.
Guess what-all these techniques produced good mortise and tenon joints! Guess what-all the machines used required set up time, and if I had to go back in time, would have probably asked myself if some of my projects couldn’t have been done just as fast if I had cut the joinery using hand tools vs. setting the machines up.
Just my 2 cents on the topic.

-- Gerry

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