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Forum topic by Wiltjason posted 12-08-2013 12:12 AM 1220 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-08-2013 12:12 AM

Okay so here the situation. Ive done my homework and have become pretty good at cutting dovetails by hand and on my bandsaw. Im getting ready to build 2 end tables and a coffee table each having 3 drawrs ( 9 drawers total) and while im gonna build the one at a time hand cutting dovetails in oak is not something imlooking forward to. ( okay i realize it can be done but i want a new tool!) Also after i get done with the living room ill be starting on new bedroom furniture. Im sure alot of people are gonna say get a liegh dovetail jig but my shop is very small and i dont have room for a one trick pony. So i guess my question is are the woodrats all they clam to be. Are they good for ” repeatability” and are they really versital enough to earn a spot in my small shop. And is the router boss any better than the woodrat

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#1 posted 12-08-2013 12:41 AM

Oh, the Woodrat works well but you have to learn how to
work with it. It’s easier to work with for routing on
the ends of boards and it is quick to set up for tenons
and dovetails. For cutting mortises in the sides of
frame parts and table legs, it requires you to make jigs.
It’s probably easier to do those with a plunge router
and a fence. Switching out the router you have mounted
on the Woodrat for use with a fence will take some
time, so you might want to consider investing in a
second plunge router for handheld work if you do
get a Woodrat type jig.

You might consider chasing down the problems in your
bandsaw dovetail method. Bandsawn dovetails can
turn out very well if you get it dialed in. Marc Duginske’s
method in his “Bandsaw Handbook” is good and you can
make the jigs with pieces of scrap.

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#2 posted 12-08-2013 02:41 AM

I bought a used woodrat on an impulse a while back, but have not set it up yet. I am commenting to let you know that used woodrats show up on craigslist or ebay from time to time, at a good discount. If you post a “WTB woodrat” in the sales section, you might get some responses (not mine).

They require 4 feet or more wall space, which is a pain to find in a crowded shop. Also think about how important dust collection is to you. Like any router based operation, there will be a lot of dust generated. The wood rat’s dust port is akin to collecting dust through a router table fence. Good for some but not all operations.

The thing that attracted me to the woodrat was the promise of precision, and the ability to use climb cutting for tear out free cuts.

-- David W. Cupertino, CA

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