LumberJocks

General E-Z Pro Mortise and Tenon Jig

  • Advertise with us

« back to Power Tools, Hardware and Accessories forum

Forum topic by pintodeluxe posted 1046 days ago 3321 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View pintodeluxe's profile

pintodeluxe

3271 posts in 1414 days


1046 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: mortise and tenon mortise tenon router jig

Has anybody seen these? It is a mortise and tenon jig for use with your plunge router. It is described on generaltools.com and looks pretty good. It includes a spiral bit and guide bushings. Priced at $149 it should give Leigh a run for their money. Should be available in stores in late September 2011.
Now all we have to wait for is Festools patent to expire on the domino!

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush


4 replies so far

View Chipy's profile

Chipy

374 posts in 1194 days


#1 posted 1046 days ago

Yes check out my post in forum…. Jigs and fixtures.I want one of thees BAD!

View pintodeluxe's profile

pintodeluxe

3271 posts in 1414 days


#2 posted 1034 days ago

Rockler now has these jigs in stock!

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

View breaknrn's profile

breaknrn

39 posts in 2597 days


#3 posted 1027 days ago

I have been to the general tools site several times over the past few weeks drooling over this. I think it’s a great idea, but see two drawbacks:

- I’m not convinced that this is the best way to cut tenons because it will be awkward to clamp long pieces to the fixture
-Their corporate videos show a flush and snug joint, but I don’t see any positive registration mechanisms so you make sure the mortise and tenons line up along the rail where you want it (like at the end of stiles), and also make this repeatable? I guess you can work around this by making the mortise slots wider than needed and then just slide the tenon back and forth until it is where you want it precisely to be (similar to how biscuit joiners work).

I’d like to try it out before I ultimately buy it. Any other thoughts?

-- breaknrn

View pintodeluxe's profile

pintodeluxe

3271 posts in 1414 days


#4 posted 1027 days ago

Breaknrn,
I have some reservations about cutting tenons this way as well. In general I will always choose a cutting operation with the stock lying flat on a stable surface when possible (ie: cutting tenons with a dado blade on the T.S.). However, I have plans for the Rodel chair which calls for floating tenons and end-grain mortises. This would be just the tool for cutting end-grain mortises.
Regarding your concerns, the jig works off of centerlines. Just mark the center of the mortise and the center of the tenon. Align those marks to the centerline on the jig to create flush joints (just like biscuits).
I have two complaints with their jig concept:
1. Although the mortise slot looks simple enough to rout, the tenon guide requires you to maintain contact between the router bushing and the jig at all times. Otherwise you will mar the tenon. I much prefer the looks of the Leigh frame and mortise jig that makes the tenons automatic.
2. It is a real pitty that General didn’t include a way to cut angled tenons. These are useful joints for chair building. Angled mortises are easy enough with a hollow chisel mortiser, but angled tenons are a real pain without the proper jig.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

GardenTenders.com :: gardening showcase