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

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#1 posted 01-26-2014 09:26 PM

I’ve looked at this machine seriously… That is, I’ve waded through the pros and cons of the FMT, Domino, bought the plans on the Pantorouter, and studied the JDS Multi-router.

Essentially, the FMT is great for what it does – so long as you can bring the work to the jig, and want M&Ts the size and shape of the available templates.
The Pantorouter look excellent – as long as you can get your Templates precise, can build the item exactly as designed (some pieces have to be exactly half – others exactly double – the size of the bit, the Template – and your stops are square to the table…
The multi-router is very expensive ($2,800 +/-), and more people seem to selling theirs.
The Domino tool is expensive ($850, without the wooden Dominos), and initially you are limited to the Domino sizes they offer – my guess is that more than half of the owners make their own dominos. The pros are that you take the tool to the work; so the piece can be of any size (not possible with stationary devices). the Cons include limited depth (about 1” on each side – 2” total, I believe).

I know the Domino is more expensive than the FMT; however, I believe it’s much, much more versatile.

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