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Forum topic by DouginVa posted 02-28-2013 07:48 PM 5382 views 0 times favorited 130 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-28-2013 07:48 PM

Topic tags/keywords: humor jig tip router joining

I’m sure I’m not the only one…...the only one that thumbed through a catalog, magazine, or got suckered in to one of the booths at a woodworking show and got sucked up in to the moment and thought about all of the beautiful things I can make with the assistance of this tool! Man, this will take my woodworking skills to new heights! I can quit my day job and build high end furniture, pieces of art that will command incredible prices and people will stand in line to buy my stuff. Fine Woodworking is going to do a cover story on ME!

Ok, back to reality here. I’ve done this. Saw a tool, watched it being demonstrated and was sold. Not that the tool doesn’t work or do what it says it’s supposed to do. It’s just a tool that you didn’t mind forking over the money for but several months down the road you have yet to use it…or only used it for that one project….only to learn you don’t really need it. Or it just wasn’t the best way to cut that joint,mortise, tennon, or what ever you thought you’d use it for.

Here is my such tool:

Comes in it’s own beautiful box:

Has detailed instructions and the tool itself is put together beautifully (and it looks cool too)!

This tool is to be used on a router table to rout mortises in the EXACT center of the work. And it does exactly that. It’s very easy to use and set up. It even comes with two shanks, one for a 1/4” collet and a 1/2” collet.

George Vondriska (WWGOA) even did a video on it. Watch it, it is easy.

It really does everything it says it does. It’s just I tend to use my dedicated mortising machine for mortising instead. I use my router table all the time…..just not this. I suppose I’ll eventually get around to using it more, but just not anytime real soon. For $150 I’m not upset, I just got to make use of it.

How about any of my fellow LJs out there? Got a similar story?

-- Just a man with his chisel.........

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#1 posted 02-28-2013 08:01 PM

Porter Cable Biscuit Joiner.
A fine machine which I never use.

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#2 posted 02-28-2013 08:02 PM

This is one of mine….HingeMate

Just turned out to not be that useful for what I had intended to use it for.
It is a well built and quality product.

-- Gary; Marysville, MI...Involve your children in your projects as much as possible, the return is priceless.

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#3 posted 02-28-2013 08:07 PM

Crown marking gauge. It’s got one pin on one side and two pins on the other for marking mortises and I hate it because the pins follow the grain and you end up with crooked lines and I have trouble keeping the small fence tight to the edge. I keep meaning to make one with a knife edge but haven’t gotten around to it.

There is also my PC biscuit joiner which I don’t exactly regret, it works perfectly, but soon after I bought a Kreg jig which I prefer.

-- Rick M,

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Jorge G.

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#4 posted 02-28-2013 08:10 PM

Dove tail jig. I thought it would make dovetails easier to do, the moment I opened the box and saw that the instruction booklet was the size of War and Peace I knew it was not going to be for me. Learnt to do them by hand.

-- To surrender a dream leaves life as it is — and not as it could be.

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#5 posted 02-28-2013 08:15 PM


File a flat side on the pin on the single pin side. If you do, you may like the tool a lot better.

Check out the box on the bottom of page 38:

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#6 posted 02-28-2013 08:22 PM

Drum sanding kit for my drill press. Pain in the a** to set up unless it’s a dedicated machine. Should have saved my money and put it toward the oscillating spindle sander I ultimately bought and just love.

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#7 posted 02-28-2013 08:30 PM

I tend to go by a rule when going to the hardware stores, or anything like that. “Can I justify having this tool, If I’m gonna spend the money on this then I need to be sure it’s something I need, not just that I want.” That rule has kept me out of alot of trouble, and I do have some tools I rarely use, like my 25 caliber concrete nail gun, but I don’t regret having it, because If I need one later I’ll have it.

But now I’ve had some people give me some weird black and decker concept tools…. they are actually interesting concepts, they are just made poorly and don’t do a good job like the black and decker zipsaw, which is basically a jigsaw with a longer blade, a guide and some sanding blades, which worked well til the blades wouldn’t come out anymore….

-- The mark of a good carpenter is not how few mistakes he makes, but rather how well he fixes them.

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#8 posted 02-28-2013 08:32 PM

Mortising attachment for my drill press. It works, but I get much nicer results with my plunge router.

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#9 posted 02-28-2013 08:46 PM

24” Porter Cable Omni Jig I wanted to drop kick that pile of junk into street then watch semi tractors run over it.

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#10 posted 02-28-2013 08:57 PM

Black & Decker ‘Firestorm’ 18 volt circular saw and drill.


-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#11 posted 02-28-2013 08:59 PM

Rick, I agree with Barry, you can file the pins on the gauge to small little cutters. I have one similar and it works great now.

-- Mike

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#12 posted 02-28-2013 09:00 PM

Anything Black & Decker…..right?

-- Just a man with his chisel.........

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#13 posted 02-28-2013 09:08 PM

@Dane & DouginVa….I was thinking the same thing. I have purged my shop of most B&D. I think I made $1.25 selling it all in a garage

-- Gary; Marysville, MI...Involve your children in your projects as much as possible, the return is priceless.

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#14 posted 02-28-2013 09:15 PM

Kreg jig…bought it, looked at it and never used it. I like biscuits and dowels better.

TCC, save the nail gun. When the gov takes away our guns you’ll still be armed.

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#15 posted 02-28-2013 09:33 PM

Dowel kit from Lowes. The most inaccurate tool I have ever owned!

-- Richard, Hot Springs, Ar -- Galoot In Training

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