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General Int. 50-050 Tenoning Jig

General Int. 50-050 Tenoning Jig

4 days ago by Crickett | 9 comments »

I keep harping on efficiency being a major consideration in any tool I consider buying, and with the handful of tenoning jigs out there, I didn’t know where to turn. What I found blatantly obvious were the various brands (Delta, WoodTek, Shop Fox, Grizzly, Rockler, etc.) are all the same tool with different paint/logos. So that left the General and Jet as the top two contenders. I’m talking about “new” tenoning jigs here, but I suspect a few comments on older jigs. I c...

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EZ Pro Dovetail Jig

EZ Pro Dovetail Jig

118 days ago by CalNinja | 1 comment »

I recently used this jig to do half blind dovetails for a shadowbox I was building. The jig came with a half inch dovetail bit with bearing, Allen wrench to set the depth gauge, the jig it self and instructions. The instructions were fairly easy to understand after you read it carefully. I decided to do half blind dovetails so it took me a couple practice pieces on scrap wood to get the fit just the way I want. Once I cut familiar with how the jig is oriented with the router for cutting ei...

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Doweling Jig Kit - Good Idea - Poor Quality

Doweling Jig Kit - Good Idea - Poor Quality

208 days ago by Dan Tindall | 7 comments »

As a followup to my post in the project blog, I thought that I would post a review of this product. I’ve used it now to drill about 64 holes and I can say without a doubt that this product is a good idea that was not executed very well. First, the “dial a size” portion of the jig is attached via a screw and cannot be tightend enough to keep it from wobbeling. Next, the alignment markers are very hard to read and the jig was difficult to position on smaller stock. T...

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Don't waste your time or money with this saw

Don't waste your time or money with this saw

277 days ago by JoeMcGlynn | 23 comments »

The MSRP on this saw is $7,500, most online retailers sell it for somewhere around $5,000. I bought mine new through a auction at a local store where this was a floor model for about what you would spend on a standard Grizzly cabinet saw – which I wish I’d done instead. This saw is poorly engineered and dangerous. You can overcome many of the problems with the saw by adding your own work-arounds and aftermarket accessories, but it seems absurd that you should have to. I̵...

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General Canada 10" Cabinet saw & General International 14" Bandsaw.

General Canada 10" Cabinet saw & General International 14" Bandsaw.

540 days ago by welcon | 6 comments »

Well finally recieved my saws after 5 weeks’s of waiting. Both saws were shipped in sturdy wooden packing crates, and were pretty well fully assembled. They were covered in plastic and some type of grease preventing them from rusting during transport. Neither saw had one scratch or any paint problems. I was very happy to recieve them in this condition. One major problem they sent the wrong fence and rails with the Cabinet saw, now I am waiting again. Hopefully it shows up soon as I a...

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Review Feedback

Review Feedback

991 days ago by burt | 7 comments »

This is a note to DynaBlue from the inventor: I read your review of the General Tools Mortise and Tenon Jig and wish to thank you for your expert review and analysis. If possible, I would like to be able to call DB and speak to him privately on some of the details, if you would please give me a way to call him.I am particularly interested because I am the inventor and patent holder of this tool, so I want you to know that your criticism is completely fair and accurate and, as the designer, bu...

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First Blush Impressions

First Blush Impressions

1016 days ago by DynaBlue | 13 comments »

Disclaimer: I’m not a professional reviewer and these opinions are mine and mine alone! Retail Price: $149.99 I first saw this jig in magazine adverts about two months ago and have had a couple people ask me about the jig, but I hadn’t actually seen one until last night. I was able to procure the jig, spent last night reading the directions and checking out the General Tools Website videos, and today I tested the jig over several hours with the following results. Th...

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WOW

WOW

1281 days ago by therookie | 10 comments »

I have been looking for a dovetail jig for the longest time and was looking at the leigh and the omni jig but I found out that you are limited. So I woent looking for one and found this one at homedepot for $40. Now I was a bit skeptical at first but when I got it home and used it for the first time after reading the manual and watching the dvd that is included, it is the easiest jig to use in my personal opinion. The only downside which I dont even consider a downside, so the only thing I wo...

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Anyone Looking For Some Cheap Tail?

Anyone Looking For Some Cheap Tail?

1281 days ago by DaveTPilot | 9 comments »

When I first saw this jig advertised I said, ”$34.99 are you kidding me? It’s got to be a piece of *#@&!” I had never used a dovetail jig before but heard some horror stories from people who have used some of the “cheap” jigs. I looked at a few videos online and from what I could tell, for less than 35 bucks with a dovetail bit included, the EZ Pro Dovetail Jig was worth a try. The jig comes with a dovetail bit and a spacer for making joints in stock wide...

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A nice, solid, big woodworking press with a LONG stroke.

A nice, solid, big woodworking press with a LONG stroke.

1482 days ago by VanLewis | 5 comments »

I just moved my shop and got some more floor space, so I went shopping for a bigger drill press. I had basically two criteria: it had to be strong enough to handle timbers, and it had to have a long enough quill-stroke to get to the middle of those timbers. I do some timber framing and some very heavy furniture work, so the usual 14” press wouldn’t really work for me. I discovered that most presses, even 17” presses, have very short stroke, usually 3-4”. This means...

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