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Forum topic by Lenny posted 04-24-2010 01:41 AM 5465 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Lenny

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04-24-2010 01:41 AM

I own a PM2000 and want to purchase a tenoning jig for it. I know I could make one (I have seen several on LJ that are quite nice.) but I decided I want to buy one. That being said, the reviews I have read are not all that impressive and posts/comments here on LJ are similar. From Delta, to Grizzly, to Rockler and Woodcraft there seems to be problems or issues with all of them. I’ve read that most of them tend to rock, many require moving the miter slot guide, some require drilling new holes to properly fit the miter slot guide, etc. For the Powermatic owners (66s and 2000s) out there who own a tenoning jig, which one do you own and are you happy with it? Powermatic makes a tenoning jig and I might try purchasing it from them. Logic would have it that a PM jig would fit well on a PM saw but I am not so naive to blindly accept that as true. Anyone own a PM tenoning jig? I may just have to bite the bullet and live with the fact that any jig purchased is going to require some adjustment and go with the one requiring the least amount of adjustment. Ultimately, I might change my mind and make one but I want to give purchasing one a try first. Thanks.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI


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NBeener

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#1 posted 04-24-2010 01:56 AM

Are you an FWW member?

Even if you join their free 14-day online trial, you can get a look at their review of a handful of the models on the market:

http://www.finewoodworking.com/FWNPDF/011175042.pdf

-- -- Neil

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#2 posted 04-24-2010 03:20 AM

Thanks for the suggestion Neil. I have read reviews on several of the models they cover but I still might check out the article. I appreciate it.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#3 posted 04-24-2010 03:46 AM

Greetings Lenny…. If you could find an older tenoning jig I think you would be in good shape… Example:
I had (have) a 1985 Sears contractor saw, and about 1989-90 I bought a Delta t.j. It fit like a glove, and very tight and stable. I was worried that the miter slots would be different, which they are, but the t.j. works really good. The only thing I had to do was build a shim, or faceplate if you will, to go on the face of the jig, because the jig was built for a Delta. I put the 1/2” ply wood face on( I think with a couple of screws…I’d haver to look again…lol). But… it worked great. Now I have a ‘09 Delta X5 Unisaw, and haven’t even tried it on there yet….lol…. it may not fit…!! Long story short…. I think if you could find an older t.j., you might be ok, cause there were no issues back then that I knew of…... good luck in your quest….. Rick.

-- At my age, an "all--nighter" is not having to get up and pee...!!!

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#4 posted 04-24-2010 10:20 PM

Neil, thanks to my good friend John Gray I now have the FWW article for perusal. Thank you John. Rick, that’s a good suggestion. I know I have seen several post on LJ about folks who never use theire tenoning jig. I might keep an eye on the swap section of Forums to see if anyone is seeking to sell/swap for one. I could also post that I am seeking to buy or swap for one. Thanks Rick.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#5 posted 04-24-2010 11:16 PM

Lenny – I have a PM2000 and a Delta 34-184 tenoning jig. It works great. It doesn’t rock and I didn’t have to drill any holes for the miter slot guide.

-- - Jim, Carroll, OH

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#6 posted 04-25-2010 12:04 AM

I have a Grizzley that fits on my PM2000. There are small screws on the guide rail to snug up the fit in the miter slot but they only need to be brought out the slightest amount to get a good fit. I bought it some years ago and at the time it was rated about as good as the Delta but at a considerably lower price. I think it was $65. I’ve had no problems with it and see no reason to replace it.

-- Failure is the road to success if you learn to learn from your mistakes - Vince, Greenville, SC

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Lenny

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#7 posted 04-25-2010 12:21 AM

jimp and araldite that’s what I have been hoping for…testimony from some PM users. Thanks so much for the input.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#8 posted 04-25-2010 07:17 AM

I have a 66 and also have the Delta jig, works well, had to do some minor adjustments to fit the saw, no drilling, I don’t use it much but still hate to get rid of it, thats when I will need it.

-- Z, Rockwall, TX

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#9 posted 04-25-2010 12:27 PM

Thanks zlatanv. Another vote for the Delta.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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