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Posted on Does anyone have experience using the Leigh FMT Pro Frame Mortising and tenoning jig?

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Fred Hargis

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#1 posted 01-26-2014 05:44 PM

I have the FMT pro (if that’s the aluminum one), and I love it. One of the easiest to use complicated jigs I’ve ever seen. I bought mine used about 5 years ago and it’s done well on several projects, but I don’t think it will do the arched rail on your bench. At least I don’t see how it could. That aside, the thing is so easy to use I can pull it out and cut mortises and tenons like crazy. Contrast that with my DT jig, anytime I pull it out I also get out the book to refresh the steps in my mind. The FMT does take a little bit to get set up initially, especially getting the router base perfectly centered on the carrier. Because of that I dedicated a plunge base to the jig, and pull the motor to use in the fixed base otherwise. If you had to set up the router each time you might use the jig a whole lot less. The jig also does all kinds of variations of the M/T joints: double and quadruple tenons, etc. It really pays to have all the different templates, the guy I bought mine from had all those. BTW, I think Loren’s idea of using a groove on that curved rail would be the easiest.

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