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When Reading the Manual Doesn't Help

When Reading the Manual Doesn't Help

11-18-2018 06:36 PM by MikeFromCanmore | 8 comments »

i decided it was time to try my hand at making dovetail joints, so I purchased the Craftex CT052N 12” Dovetail Jig. I had some 5/8ths boards so I thought a 1/2” dovetail jig would be appropriate. I have a Bosch router, a 1/2” 14 degree dovetail bit and a template that could be made to work with this jig. There are several measurements and adjustments that need to be made before starting to cut the dovetails. I carefully followed the instructions in the manual that came wi...

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Awesome tool for repetitive M&T Joints

Awesome tool for repetitive M&T Joints

06-14-2018 12:45 AM by MC | 4 comments »

I made the decision to purchase Leigh’s Pro FMT when I took a commission to build a large cabinet with over 200 mortise and tenon joints most of which were near identical. The tool is easy to put together and the instruction manual is very clear. There is some set up time involved with each change in configuration and for me a change in thought process. I am used to first cutting the mortise laying out the joint measuring from the edge. For the tenons I have always used a marking ga...

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Surprisingly Simple

Surprisingly Simple

05-01-2018 04:11 PM by pintodeluxe | 9 comments »

This style of freestanding template jig has been around for a long time, but this one focuses on box joints. You can make 1/2” or 3/4” box joints, and the kit comes with just about everything you need. Just add an MDF fence, and you’re off to the races. Chuck the included router bit in your router, and install the eBush, then rout your first workpiece. Then flip the little green tab and rout the mating workpiece. The offset is automatic! I started with the eBush se...

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Super Fence Unboxing and Assembly

Super Fence Unboxing and Assembly

04-21-2018 01:12 PM by MagicalMichael | 4 comments »

This review can only address the unboxing and assembly because the fence has gone onto a not quite finished bench and so hasn’t been used yet. The unit is very solidly made, and I feel confident I will like using it. However when I first unboxed it I considered returning it to Woodcraft. Instead of a router fence I had a collection of 15+ parts and what looked like maybe a hundred assorted, unidentified nuts, bolts and washers. My first look at the instruction manual suggested tha...

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Plans for The Morley Mortiser

Plans for The Morley Mortiser

04-14-2018 08:34 PM by Rich | 4 comments »

I’ve been looking around for ideas for a mortising jig for the router. Most of what I’ve found up to this point is pretty makeshift, either using the edge guide for the router with some stops, or requiring different jigs for each size. I first came across Philip Morley’s web site when I was researching Krenov-style saw horses. Philip is the product of a London trade school and two apprenticeships under master furniture makers. As a result, his work is impeccable. It&#...

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Excellent jig but short on guide plates

Excellent jig but short on guide plates

12-23-2017 01:12 AM by EarlS | 5 comments »

I spent quite a bit of time researching options for a mortise and tenon jig. In short order, the options were narrowed down to the Festool Domino or the Leigh FMT Pro M&T jig. As part of the final review I asked the LJ forum what folks thought of both tools. Responses were evenly split between them. I finally chose to go with the FMT Pro. So here goes: Overview: 4 Stars – I was able to make very accurate, tight and repeatable mortises and tenons even with double angles (5 stars)...

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Whiteside Router Bit UDFT5152 Flush Trim Up/Down Spiral Bit

Whiteside Router Bit UDFT5152 Flush Trim Up/Down Spiral Bit

10-29-2017 05:00 AM by Rich | 8 comments »

First, pardon the commercial web site photo. I usually prefer to post my own photos, but in this case, the image from the web site shows it best. This router bit is such a great performer. I’ve used two-flute flush trim bits for years with mixed success. If you can manage to run with the grain, they work beautifully. Using a combination bit with bearings on the top and bottom helps with that because you can flip the piece with the template attached and adjust the bit height so th...

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so far so good?

so far so good?

09-17-2017 08:32 PM by pottz | 13 comments »

well I just got this dust shield yesterday and put it to the test,mounted it on my porter cable fixed base router, pretty simple.tested with the biggest bit that would fit through the shield,1-3/8 chamfer bit,wanted to make as much dust as possible.well it did a great job picking up id estimate to be 95% or more.i have it connected to my fein dust collector attached to the router with rocklers dust right universal hose kit which fit perfectly.i agree with iminmyshop though that the plastic is...

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MLCS (Katana) Lock Miter Joint Router Bit (w/Addendum)

MLCS (Katana) Lock Miter Joint Router Bit (w/Addendum)

09-14-2017 08:16 PM by Andybb | 7 comments »

Not really sure if this is a blog or a review or both. I don’t usually write reviews but I had such a good experience with this that I thought I would. Some background…. I needed to make some professional looking joints for some jewelry box drawer carcasses I was making with 1/2” stock. Someone suggested the Rockler Miter Fold Dado Set but at $350 it seemed a little spendy. That put me on to the Infinity Jr. Lock Miter bit for $70 plus another $10 for the setup bl...

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Works well but is made of cheap junk that breaks easily

Works well but is made of cheap junk that breaks easily

09-11-2017 04:04 AM by iminmyshop | 7 comments »

Routers kick up a dust storrn that is both annoying and unhealthy. So when I saw a video for Oneida’s new router dust shroud I was excited and immediately bought one. It worked well but the plastic it is made of is so flimsy that the shroud popped out with use. Later, on the first day of use, part of the shroud cracked when the router was set on its side (gently). The sad part is that when it was working, the shroud was very effective. Another problem is that the recess for the...

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