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Forum topic by Everett1 posted 06-20-2012 04:06 PM 4160 views 0 times favorited 19 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-20-2012 04:06 PM

Whats everyone think of this new jig?:

It’s 69 bucks! I might just buy one for the hell of it since it’s so inexpensive

-- Ev

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#1 posted 06-20-2012 04:37 PM

Looks like an interesting option to me! I have had Jessem products in my shop for many years, well built, great customer service.

I agree about the price. I have a mortise machine, but it’s so inexpensive and if it solves a problem or works once or twice on the jobsite or away from the shop, definitely worth the money!

Thanks for the link!

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#2 posted 06-20-2012 05:45 PM

Wow, that’s going to take a big chunk of the market from Festool’s Domino mortiser. If I wasn’t on such a tight budget I’d buy one right now.

-- You can collect dust or you can make dust. I choose to make it.

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#3 posted 06-20-2012 05:49 PM

I was looking at it pretty hard. The only thing keeping me from buying one is that I already have doweling jig, and I don’t see any major advantage to these small loose tenons over dowels.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 06-20-2012 05:51 PM


I received an e-mail with an enbedded video on this new tool from JessEm 2 days ago.

Looks like a Quality alternative spin off, of the Festool ‘Domino’ loose tenon system at a reasonable price. I believe that’s what JessEm has in mind.

For what it’s worth, I had always thought that the Domino System could have been a lot more reasonably priced if it weren’t motorized, albeit a production oriented tool.

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#5 posted 06-20-2012 05:53 PM

Got one and have made a couple if test runs. Looks good. Have not tried different setups yet

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#6 posted 06-20-2012 06:29 PM

Now that’s a good piece of machinery.

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#7 posted 06-20-2012 06:37 PM

I have their older models (large and small) – I think it’s a good setup IF you only have a handheld drill, and no other tools in your disposal. however, a drill is not really meant to be used as a mortiser (where force is applied sideways and not vertical) as do drill bits. a better solution is to setup a mortising jig with a router for speed, or use chisels. if you don’t have a router or chisels, but do have a drill and have a project or 2 that require mortising – this would be a good option.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#8 posted 06-20-2012 06:38 PM

Looks like another attempt at their mortise mill that flopped and went on clearance everywhere due to a high return rate.

This one might work out better I don’t know.

Here is the link to the reviews from amazon even though it’s no longer available

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#9 posted 06-21-2012 01:23 PM

@PurpleLev—I had the same concern as you about the drill not being designed to use as a mortiser. Do you think it might be possible to somehow use this jig with a plunge router, or would some other jig be better?

General now has the “ez-pro” that is also an alternative, but it doesn’t look like a real good option to me—just looks a bit cheap. What do others think?

I’m trying to find a good alternative to the Domino—just can’t justify the spend on one for my hobbyist needs.

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#10 posted 06-21-2012 01:52 PM

For loose tenon joinery with a plunge router you can look at the mortise pal

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#11 posted 06-21-2012 02:15 PM

Thanks Everett.
Just ordered one.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#12 posted 06-21-2012 02:36 PM

sarahss the bearings are set to match a drill bit. The jig could possibly be altered to fit a router but will require a larger top to support the router. It is really built for a drill for specific people in mind. I still hold onto mine thinoing of converting it for router use but am finding myself doing m&t with chisels anyway… Maybe some day ill post about it

Probably easier and cheaper to just build a router mortising fixture

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#13 posted 06-21-2012 02:42 PM

Thanks Jermey & purplev

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#14 posted 06-21-2012 02:46 PM

Nice tool

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#15 posted 06-21-2012 04:54 PM

the General one is not worth it, I have one and tend not to use it. Kinda flimsy and getting things to lineup can be a pain. Should have returned it when i could, but left out of town for work and the timeframe to return passed. Oh well, maybe craigslist for cheap.

-- Crashn - the only thing I make more of than sawdust is mistakes

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