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Forum topic by weldmade posted 04-14-2010 09:14 PM 1676 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-14-2010 09:14 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question tip jig router

I am looking into different joinery options in an attempt to improve the efficiency of my shop. I have used the Leigh mortising jig, but it is a little one dimensional for the price. Has anyone used the Woodrat? It looks to be able to do just about everything. I am suspicious.

-- william

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#1 posted 05-09-2010 09:03 PM

I typed in woodrat in the search window at the top right of this page and got quite a few responses…they may answer your question.

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#2 posted 05-09-2010 09:46 PM

I was considering a Wood Rat until I realized that you have to buy it from England and pay $100 in shipping. I’ve since been looking at The Router Boss instead.

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#3 posted 05-15-2010 01:07 AM

i thought the woodrat and router boss were the same machine
what makes them different?

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#4 posted 05-15-2010 01:12 AM

I use a multi router it cost a lot more but does a great job

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#5 posted 05-15-2010 04:08 AM

I have been pondering this same question for a while. I have taken a hard look at Leigh, Wood Rat and Router Boss. However, after considering all the options I am 99% ready to buy the Festool Domino system. I have not “pulled the trigger” yet and I may change my mind. But for the kind of work I do, this seems like the option that will serve me best.

My only concern is that I will feel like I am cheating because I am not doing “real” mortises and tenons. I have no concern about the strength of the joint. I’m particularly impressed with how easy it is to make the provision for wood movement.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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