General Int. 50-050 Tenoning Jig

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Review by Crickett posted 07-08-2014 08:59 PM 10691 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I keep harping on efficiency being a major consideration in any tool I consider buying, and with the handful of tenoning jigs out there, I didn’t know where to turn. What I found blatantly obvious were the various brands (Delta, WoodTek, Shop Fox, Grizzly, Rockler, etc.) are all the same tool with different paint/logos. So that left the General and Jet as the top two contenders. I’m talking about “new” tenoning jigs here, but I suspect a few comments on older jigs.
I chose the General for its outstanding reviews in side-by-side comparisons, fit & finish, and the capabilities it has over the competition. For starters, the wall/support tilts a full 45 degrees while many of the others tilt 15-20 or not at all. The micro-adjust is absolutely spot on as well compared to others. I really like the side to side quick adjust feature to accomodate varying thicknesses, and the you have the ability to position the handles where you want.
I’ve cranked out several test pieces with this beaufty and can wait to make it a staple in my shop. I’m not here to discount other jigs, but wanted to pass along my approval with this.

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#1 posted 07-08-2014 10:37 PM

Thanks Cricket. I will be in the market and have a General TS


-- Digger -- If you work long enough and hard enough to make it idiot-proof...the world will build a better idiot!

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#2 posted 07-09-2014 02:43 AM

yup, i blew it. had a chance to pick one up few years back for under 100. General was the only one i considered. I think it also can be setup for either left or right.

-- Router รจ ancora il mio nome.

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#3 posted 07-09-2014 04:56 AM

I have an older Delta jig in a box which has never been opened, came with the table saw. So far have cut everything by hand or on a sled, but just curious, what is wrong with the Delta machine?

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#4 posted 07-09-2014 10:42 AM

I bought one of these jigs many years ago only because it was on sale at Woodcraft for something like 50% off and I thought I might use it.
I never used it once.

-- Bert

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#5 posted 07-10-2014 12:36 PM

I bought one of these (honestly don’t remember if it even had a brand) about 10 years ago at Rockler in Houston. Didn’t use it for years, until 1 day a year or so ago, it came time to actually create a bunch of tenons for my Greene and Greene hall table. What a life saver. These things are awesome for running a lot of tenons and counting on them being identical. Since then I’ve used it for a lot of things including using the tilting option. I can’t imagine not having it. I don’t use it a lot, but when I need it it’s there. Just last week I used it to make the neck to body tenon on a homemade guitar. Perfect fit.

-- Scott, Irmo SC

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#6 posted 07-10-2014 03:20 PM

RAD475 – There’s certainly nothing wrong with the Delta jig. It does it’s primary job just fine, but what it lacks a little bit is in its flexability and ease of adjustability compared to the General or the Jet. I will never tell anyone that what they have in their shop isn’t good – that’s what is appealing about our craft is that everyone has different things and different ways of approaching things. I just meant that for my situation and all the research I did, the only two choices I came to were these two.
I lean heavily towards Arts & Crafts style furniture so having this was an essential buy for me as I batch out tenons constantly. This unit is fierce!

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#7 posted 07-11-2014 12:47 AM

Crickett I would like to know the difference between the jig you have and the grizzly . I will be buying one of this jigs in near future . Don’t mind spending little more if the product is worth it . This is not a jig I will be using a lot but I want it to be accurate . Thanks for any help you can give me Rob

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#8 posted 07-11-2014 01:17 AM

Basically what you’re paying for with the General is its ease of use, simple adjustability (accomodates irregular pieces and makes lightning quick adjustments, and its flexability that other models don’t offer (left & right tilt, full 45 degree of wall support – no other model offers this). Prices don’t vary a great deal between models so pay the little bit more for the General and you’ll never need another.

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#9 posted 07-11-2014 01:47 AM

Very nice review—thanks.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#10 posted 07-14-2014 05:25 PM

I have a tenoning jig and I have used it a lot on the table saw but I find them cumbersome, fiddly to set up, come awful close to the blade when doing face frames, and a bear to store and move around.

I have started using an Infinity coping sled (COP-1) on the router table for my tenons and find it far more accurate, clean, safe, and easy to set up.

Just my two cents.

-- Brad, Texas,

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