|Review by gizmodyne||posted 01-20-2008 07:39 AM||17069 views||0 times favorited||27 comments|
This is an amazing tool. It does one thing very well. Loose tenons!
It works as advertised. Accurate mortises in a tight hand-held machine. I consider it a biscuit jointer on steroids. In fact, I have to decide if my biscuit joiner is going away.
The tool must be used in conjunction with dust collection.
To use the tool:
1. Pick a tenon size. For example 6×40 mm
2. Install the correct bit: 6mm in this case.
3. Set the depth to half the length of the tenon. 20 mm in example.
4. Plunge away.
You can also create over sized mortises that allow for side to side play.
The fence allows for angle work and with an add on you can cut on very narrow stock (chair parts). The fence has accurate stops for offsetting workpieces. Think table leg to apron.
Built in layout pins allow for mortises with no marking.
The tenons fit precisely and add strength/alignment to any project. A very easy to use tool.
$700 U.S. with one bit and power cord. $750 with cross stop and trip stop accessories. Pricey, but the tool is incredibly well built. Heavy plastic and accurately machined and etched metal.
I love this tool.
-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke." www.flickr.com/photos/gizmodyne