Happy Camper No. 2,17685 (give or take a few)

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Review by Kelly posted 02-09-2016 07:34 PM 3443 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
Happy Camper No. 2,17685 (give or take a few) No-picture-s No-picture-s Click the pictures to enlarge them

I’ve primarily used this for mortised and tenoned frame corners for a kitchen (cuts done with the styles and rails at ninety degrees to the table) and splined corners (cuts done with frame corners at twenty-two and a half to forty-five degrees to the table). The results are, I am very pleased with my purchase.

This is a lot of jig for the money. Just lifting it makes clear the fact it’s not a toy. I believe this tenon jig will provide years of service.

Though another reviewer complained about machining quality, I found no trouble with it, but I can see how, if [incorrectly] allowed to extend through the bottom, some of the bolts could create a problem (e.g., rocking).

There was some clean up, as others noted, but even my expensive, high end equipment had that issue. Cosmoline, or its equivalent, is preferable to rust any day.

Even if you find assembly daunting, keep in mind, you’ll only have to do it once. As for me, once I got past my excitement assembling a new tool and looked at the manual, it went very smoothly. I found the manual to be well done.

The tenon jig has proven easy to use and has provided accurate, repeatable cuts each time I’ve used it. By taking extra time on set ups, I find I can run through complete projects quickly, since I merely have to flip the wood around for the next cut.

When I’m using a standard blade, rather than a dado blade, instead of adding a spacer between the jig face and the work piece, to insure against contact between the blade and the iron jig, I set my cuts up to take place on the outside, well away from the main frame of the jig. This still leaves a wide margin between the jig and the blade. I also substitute a thinner spacer (e.g., 1/8 plexi, acrylic or Masonite) for the workpiece to rest on (launch from), reducing the amount the blade must be raised for deep cuts.

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#1 posted 02-09-2016 07:55 PM

Thanks for the review.

-- "I love it when a plan comes together" John "Hannibal" Smith

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#2 posted 02-14-2016 04:47 PM

Good review. I have had this same unit for 10 years, never a problem and has held up well over the years.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#3 posted 02-16-2016 08:33 PM

I bought one like this one years ago because it was on sale.
I never used it, not once.

-- Bert

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#4 posted 03-13-2016 11:17 PM

Send it my way :-)

-- John - Huntington Beach, CA --- Growth occurs when we get out of our comfort zone.

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#5 posted 03-13-2016 11:25 PM

How come you haven’t used it yet, Bert? Just didn’t get to any mortise and tenon projects?

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#6 posted 03-16-2019 01:15 AM

Just assembled mine and was a bit disappointed that it didn’t work right out of the box—the mitre bar doesn’t slide easily, and the back of it doesn’t fit at all so I will have to make up some shims and perhaps adjust the width to make it slide a bit easier. Also the face of the workpiece holder isn’t parallel to the miter slot now that I disassembled it to clean it and there doesn’t seem to be an easy alignment for it since you would have to access the screws while the miter bar is in the slot, but of course they are face down on your table saw at that point. For that I will probably make up a fake miter slot in a piece of plywood which I’ve predrilled where I will need to access the screws. All is possible with enough time and money…

-- SteveL

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#7 posted 03-16-2019 04:00 AM

Sorry to hear of your hassles, Steve.

It was a bit daunting assembling and setting up the beast, but, once I understood the operation, it went fairly smooth.

A couple years and several uses in, I did replace one of the plastic lock-downs with a quality metal version, but that’s it.

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#8 posted 03-16-2019 01:56 PM

Years later I still never used mine!

-- Bert

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