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Bob #2

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09-15-2009 09:44 PM

Topic tags/keywords: jig mortiser mortise jig

This looks like a reasonable solution to a dedicated mortiser which I currently do not have enough room to leave set up in my shop.

If you are using this system I would appreciate hearing you comments.


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#1 posted 09-15-2009 09:52 PM

Hello Mate long time no speak

i looked at that link mate and surely you can pick up a second hand mortise machine cheaper than $189 thats a bit exspensive even for sunny canada


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#2 posted 09-15-2009 09:56 PM

i havent used it, but why not use a plunge router with a simple jig? it’s much less $ and much more universal.

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#3 posted 09-15-2009 10:00 PM

have had one about 2 years now. For too many years I used the simple plywood jigs. This device is a step above in accuracy and repeatability, no regrets here.


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#4 posted 09-15-2009 10:33 PM

I saw this just after I bought the Leigh FMT.. but I do like the look of this…certainly smaller… lol

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#5 posted 09-15-2009 10:44 PM

Bob I don’t have one, but it looks easy to use.

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#6 posted 09-15-2009 10:52 PM

I sure would like one. They look a lot easier to have around then a mortiser. Certainly a lot less to go wrong with them than a mortiser, and less pain in the a** then a mortise adapter you use on your drillpress. Just my 2 cents.

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#7 posted 09-15-2009 10:59 PM

Hi Bob. I have the FMT and a dedicated mortising machine and an abundance of MDF & Plywood jigs, but I think that this little jig will find a place in my workshop – it looks just the ticket for a quick M&T or two, but I would not like to use for a production run, it would take too long to set it up and I think the repeat cuts will introduce too much error between pieces.

I think you could easily make other Plexiglas templates to fit this jig, which would increase the versatility, but the price tag of $189 is way too high.

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#8 posted 09-15-2009 11:07 PM

I use a muti- router pretty spendie but works great. Here’s a unique tool that uses a drill and special bit.I think they have demo of how it works on you tube.

Here’s the demo

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#9 posted 09-15-2009 11:57 PM

I watched this video with Sam Niel.
I am impressed with the simplicity of this jig as well. I want some thing that I can put away when not in use and that I dont have to read the manual to set up every time.
I was thinking the same as you until I looked at the Jessem rig. Not too shabby either.


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#10 posted 09-16-2009 12:04 AM

That looks pretty simple to use. I have a mortiser and the Jessem Zip Slot. I Jessem works really well for the money.

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#11 posted 09-16-2009 12:45 AM

I like the looks of it, but high priced … you could look for a cheap Chinese knock off … maybe a plastic one … or you could buy it on sale and be happy …

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#12 posted 09-16-2009 12:54 AM

Thanks Jim and Bob, those are some pretty slick jigs. I have a Jet mortise machine but those jigs sure have a place in anyones shop.

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#13 posted 09-16-2009 12:59 AM

Dan, my problem is like most weekend warriors – space.
If I can find a jig that will give me reasonable accuracy at the expense of multiples then I interested.
If I can park it in a cupboard then I’m ecstatic! <g>

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#14 posted 09-16-2009 03:42 AM

Bob #2, I want one of these too for the same reason you do and as time and a lottery winning happens I will get one. There are many good reviews on this jig but the price is on the high side…

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#15 posted 09-16-2009 04:23 AM

Thanks for posting that Jim, Charles Niel makes it look good ;-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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