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Forum topic by parkerdude posted 09-22-2009 01:55 AM 1378 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-22-2009 01:55 AM

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I was surfing the net and once again saw the Bridge City Tool “Jointmaker Pro”, I know that I must be crazy but the tool looks straight forward and simple enough in concept. Does anyone else think that a usable variant could be shopmade by a talented group like us? For under $1195.00?

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#1 posted 09-22-2009 05:31 AM

I thought about trying to build something similar, but if unless you put an “as a hobby” value on your time, I’m betting you can’t build one for under $1200.

If Bridge City were turning this out in quantity ten thousand units, they could probably sell it for $250, but at a hundred or two units they’re essentially building each one individually.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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#2 posted 09-22-2009 05:42 AM

Parker – see this thread—-

I have my jointmakerpro set up. For someone as unmechanical as myself if went together pretty well. I really need to do a full review on the tool, but have not made it there yet.

So far my only gripe is that it is really fussy to get it to the exact degree – say 90 degrees. But once you get it there – it’s a beauty. I’ve made some small things with it, the cuts are exceedingly smooth.

Granted it takes a long time to make one cut, but it’s a tool with its place.

I do believe that some of you who are very mechanical and precise can make a tool similar to this. But I’m not sure anyone could get close to the quality without the machines they used to make the tool. It is a high quality tool no doubt in my mind.

It is high dollar tool so it’s not for the faint hearted. However, it has it’s place in certain folk’s tool chest. Not everyone would get anything out of it. I would not buy it on a whim – that’s for sure. I spent a long time debating it and considering how it would fit into my woodworking.

All that said, I’ve not used it that much as I’m still just getting back in my shop – but it’s fixing to get a work out this winter.

Hope that rambling helps a little

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#3 posted 09-22-2009 05:49 AM

I guess It depends what your you going to making but for the money you could purchase a used powermatic table saw. Certainly the appeal is that it is not a power tool. But this is not fool proof in that Injury is still possible. Instead I would suggest making a super cross cut slid like some I’ve seen here or some of the other companies. Like

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#4 posted 09-22-2009 05:54 AM

Jim is right – the chance of injury is still there. The blade on the tool is wicked sharp and if, as on a power saw, you don’t know where your hands are in relation to the blade – you will get cut. But, being as it’s self powered – you are more likely to pull your hand away long before you loose a finger. Still – safety is the top priority on any tool – hand or powered.

And as with most tools – there are things you can do with this tool that you simply cannot do with a power saw – it’s all in your imagination really.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#5 posted 09-22-2009 06:54 AM

All good points Guys, I’m interested in making some hobby / keepsake / jewelry boxes, mostly as gifts to help keep me occupied until I find another job. The cost is my greatest sticking point, I think it is a wonderful tool, I just don’t play the lottery.

I’m not unrealistic. If such a tool could be made cheap then I’d be over at Harbor Freight.

If we want to talk about personal safety, I’m not real excited cutting 1/4” stock into small pieces for the internal parts for the delicate stuff. I’d like to make crisp cuts in thinner woods for thru dovetail, box joints, and tray dividers in small case work, without crowding my 2 hp radial armsaw, or my 3 hp table mounted router.

Somebody IS doing it, I just haven’t figured it out for myself yet.

I wondered out loud if some of their concepts could be utilized to produce an usable / more controllable tool.

Japanese pull saws are pretty easy to find, I haven’t mastered the skills yet to hand guide the saw and get the high quality output yet. I haven’t stopped trying, I just wanted a better finished product in fewer years.

I’m all ears. I’d like to work on the smaller lighter side of hobby.

I’m posting this looking for that woodworker that can help guide me through this quest WITHOUT visiting my local trauma center.

Any ideas?


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#6 posted 10-12-2009 04:48 PM

Hello! im a mechanical engineering student and I’m working on a similar tablesaw which uses the same concept but im going to try and make it a lot cheaper!

I’ll keep u posted, by june 2010 I will have a finished prototype. If successful, it will be commercialised shortly after that.

-- Current Project 2009-2010: Static tablesaw w/japanese-blade

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