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First Blush Impressions

First Blush Impressions

10-01-2011 06:56 AM by DynaBlue | 14 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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Anyone Looking For Some Cheap Tail?

Anyone Looking For Some Cheap Tail?

01-09-2011 02:31 AM 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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WOW

WOW

01-09-2011 05:21 AM 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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Review Feedback

Review Feedback

10-25-2011 04:05 PM 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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Don't waste your time or money with this saw

Don't waste your time or money with this saw

10-08-2013 02:24 PM 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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A nice, solid, big woodworking press with a LONG stroke.

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

06-22-2010 06:40 AM 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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General Int. 50-050 Tenoning Jig

General Int. 50-050 Tenoning Jig

07-08-2014 08:59 PM by Crickett | 10 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

03-17-2014 05:59 AM 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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General Canada 10" Cabinet saw & General International 14" Bandsaw.

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

01-19-2013 02:57 AM by Steve | 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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12" Flexible (yes) precision (no) rule

12" Flexible (yes) precision (no) rule

03-01-2008 12:43 AM by daltxguy | 10 comments »

This 12” rule came highly recommended to me. After having used the 6” rule for a long time for just about everything ( it’s the one tool that’s always in my pocket ), I wanted the 12” rule. This was no easy feat as I don’t live in the US anymore and even on my recent visit back to the US, this ruler was difficult to find in your usual big box stores and actually I never was able to track it down. ( You know you are a lumberjock when you visit hardware store...

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