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    JessEm Zipslot Mortise Mill

    I stopped in the Woodcraft store that opened last year about an hour North of our house. Saw this mortising jig and was impressed with it. Does any one have any experience with it? It looked like setup might be a little fussy. http://www.jessem.com/zipslot.htm

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    No replies? Was it something I said?

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    I'll risk reprisals by venturing an opinion I cannot possibly support . . . I think the thing looks ridiculous. The concept of spinning that bit fast enough, with any level of control and do a decent job at a decent level of effort AND having the jig components last very long just doesn't play out in my mind. I assume I am wrong as it made it to market. I use a Mortise Pal and love it.
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    I don't know, Tony... for $250, you're starting to push the price of an actual shop-grade hollow chisel mortiser: http://www.amazon.com/14-651-Profess...2749581&sr=8-2

    It's a nice idea, and all, but I think you might be happier with the sturdier tool...

    Or, you could just spend triple the green and get a domino...

    Oh, and don't worry, it's nothing you said... it's just that were all freezing our you know whats off and you're there lounging in paradise!

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    Quote Originally Posted by glenn bradley View Post
    I'll risk reprisals by venturing an opinion I cannot possibly support . . . I think the thing looks ridiculous. The concept of spinning that bit fast enough, with any level of control and do a decent job at a decent level of effort AND having the jig components last very long just doesn't play out in my mind. I assume I am wrong as it made it to market. I use a Mortise Pal and love it.
    Who makes the "Mortise Pal"? I didn't see it listed on the Jessem Site.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norman Hitt View Post
    Who makes the "Mortise Pal"? I didn't see it listed on the Jessem Site.
    Norman,

    http://www.mortisepal.com/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Lantry View Post
    Norman,

    http://www.mortisepal.com/

    Thanks,

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    Thanks Bill. I'd sure rather have that than one powered by a Drill.

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    Thanks for helping Norm out Bill. I was asleep at the switch ;-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by glenn bradley View Post
    Thanks for helping Norm out Bill. I was asleep at the switch ;-)
    That's all right Glenn, (short naps are approved here). I guess I was napping too when I asked the question, 'cause I didn't even think about Googling for it. I guess because the names were so similar, I thought Jessem built them both. I noticed in the video of the zipslot that he had to push the shuttle handle pretty hard sometimes, I imagine because the bit just isn't turning fast enough to make it cut nearly as good as using a router in a jig like yours. I wouldn't mind having one of those Mortise Pals myself, (guess it will have to go on the end of the wish list though for now).

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    I seen it at the fall wood show here in my home town. The Jessem rep demoed it. Just trying to capture some of the Domino sales , I guess. I didn't think it was that great, and had an asking price of $300. Drill not included. What I did not like about it , you have to clamp it to the stock, not as handy as a domino in use. I will stick to my mortise & tenon set up I use.
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