|Review by hazbro||posted 06-02-2010 03:11 AM||9573 views||0 times favorited||8 comments|
There have been several posts/threads lately about mortisers, jointers (biscuit and domino) and assorted jigs, so I thought I would add my two cents along with a review + pics in action.
This is the beadlock pro system, not to be confused with the inferior cousin that is essentially a drill block. It is all aluminum & steel construction, heavy duty, and highly adjustable. What you see in the pictures is the bottom rail of a walnut headboard having been drilled out for the stiles. All that was needed outside the beadlock system was a hand held drill.
Laying out the tenon location took forty minutes, drilling them took five.
I purchased this unit on sale for $70, added the 1/2” attachment for another $32 (used coupon), and picked up some tenons for a few bucks more. So for a little over $100 I was ready to go to work. Yes, you have to buy the tenon stock or buy the bit to make your own, but compared to the $10-$20 a board foot for the exotic woods I like to play with I think I’ll end up saving in the end.
As with any jig/system each of us woodworkers have individual needs and budgets that influence what we buy and use, so I’ll quickly list why beadlock is what I use and why I’m super satisfied with it.
1. Space: I have no drill press, and have no room for a drill press. Real estate isn’t cheap in my shop and this is the size of a shoebox.
2. Budget: I try to buy the tools that will maximize my limited space and the tools I already have and this was an affordable way greatly expand capabilities in the shop for very little money.
3. Time/Speed: nobody has enough of either, and I’m no exception. This paid for itself on it’s first project.
4. Versatility: I’ve used this on stuff I never planned on. And I’m also able use this as a drill press jig for single holes (provided I need a 1/2”, 3/8”, or 1/4” hole)!
I know it’s not for everybody. I know there are superior ways to M&T. I know the domino rocks. But none of those things are smaller than a Po’ boy and run less than a cool hundred stock.
And after it’s all glued up, you wouldn’t know unless I’d told ya.
-- measure once, keep cuttin' til it fits