|Forum topic by End_Grain||posted 10-24-2009 04:51 AM||2001 views||0 times favorited||5 replies|
10-24-2009 04:51 AM
While my registration is new, I have been lurking for a good two months in anticipation of the Dallas Show. In addition to all the other stuff (Band Saw, Joiner, Cabinet Making stuff and the Carter Band Saw Guide system), I walked out with a 24” PC Omnijig. I have been out of ww for over 30 years but now that all the kiddos have swooped the coop, I really need something to prevent the empty nest syndrome. That and the fact at 51, I just got my motorcycle license but I’m not allowed to buy one but I can set up a full ww shop from scratch. The boss thinks I’m not smart enough to figure out that if I spend the money on tools to set up the shop there won’t be enough money for a bike for a long time to come. She’s not smart enough to figure out I really just wanted to set up a shop. After 30+ years of marriage, it all comes down to tactics and diversions.
I was really disappointed though but not with my PC jig. It had come down to an either or between the Leigh D4R or the PC jig. I was happy to see both PC and Rockler listed as exhibitors. I was hoping to see both jigs in action or at the very least a static display. You can only learn so much from lurking the different ww forums about these tools.
Rockler really did a disservice to Leigh Industries and even to themselves. All they had at the show was Rockler branded merchandise and what they had was unimpressive at best (at least to me) and the Rockler reps didn’t appear as if they really wanted to be there in the first place. A Leigh jig was nowhere to be found so I strolled over to the PC/Dewalt/Delta booth. Then I saw the Unisaw, then the Omni, Unisaw, band saw, Unisaw, Joiner, Unisaw, Woodline booth, Unisaw, etc, Unisaw, etc, Unisaw…... It too me six hours to convince myself I didn’t need the Unisaw and I’m still not so sure. The rep was fussing and frustrated with the Omnijig. The show jig was set up completely wrong. There was no way a through dovetail could be cut without hitting the bar and destroying the bit or bar but half blinds could be cut at the other end. I asked him if he wanted me to haul off the piece of crap as a favor. He laughed and I walked away. About 20 minuted later, I came back to look at the Unisaw, no I mean the jig and he was still fussing with it, this time with the help of another. Neither could figure it out so I had to put my two cents in. I told him that if I was using this tool for demos at shows, I sure would hate to waste time setting up the jig from scratch to cut a second type of dovetails. I would probably set one end of the jig to cut through DTs and the other end to cut BDTs. He flipped the template over about four times and the lights came on.
Would I bought the Leigh if it had been set up? Can’t say. But if a manufacturer is asking me to spend $500.00 on a bench top tool, I had better be able to touchy-feely it before I reach in my left rear pants pocket. I liked the weight of the PC jig; it’s not something one person can carry very far without breaking a fair sweat. I like the weight, feel and appearance of the fingers, I definitely like the vacuum attachment not being attached to the router and I like the fact they threw in the tool box and the vacuum attachment with the the sale. After all I read about the Leigh and what little is out there on the Omni right now in comparison, I was pretty much sold on the Leigh D4R when I walked into the show. As far as I was concerned it was a done deal. I just needed to see it.
-- My greatest fear is that when I die, my wife will sell all my stuff for what I told her I bought it for.