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    Tenon Jig

    Do I really need a store bought tenon jig?

    Saturday I am go to pick up a mortiser. Been waiting on Harbor Freight forever and it's time. If they don't have one by then I am going to get a Delta. I have been looking at tenon jigs and just can't make my mind up as to if it is a good investment. Seen a couple good jigs I can build, so why get a manufactured one? Someone make my mind up for me...

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    make your own..
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    I would make your own to tet your interest/use. If you use it a lot for a large number of different cuts, an adjustable model might be worth the money to you. Even some of the better ones are pretty crude when it comes to repeatability and fine adjustment.

    I have the Rockler/Jet/Powermatic one. Got it on sale for around $50 IIRC and it has served me well. I don't know that I would pay $100 for one; I would make a nice one myself (there are some nice plans out there as you mentioned) for that much dough. Prior to getting my commercial one I just used a scrap assembly that rode the fence of my tablesaw.
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    I have the woodcraft one. It comes in handy for sure. If I had to do it over I would do like Larry suggested, make my own.
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    i have a delta tenoning jig that has worked quite well over the last several years. i'd recommend it.
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    I bought the Grizzly 'cause of the way it's color-coordinated with my table saws. It's built really nicely... and really wasn't very expensive.
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    You might want to build one instead. Check this out. THe first video clip is the trailer. I have the DVD and I think this is a pretty nice jig for tenoning on the table saw.
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    Well I think I will just build for now. Dave that video looked great. Have you built the jig?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Southwood View Post
    Do I really need a store bought tenon jig?

    Saturday I am go to pick up a mortiser. Been waiting on Harbor Freight forever and it's time. If they don't have one by then I am going to get a Delta. ...
    Steve,
    Just got the latest Harbor Freight flyer in the mail, the mortiser is on sale for $124.99. says sale ends January 4th. If you don't already have one, I can email you a 15% off coupon to use on it.

    Dan
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Southwood View Post
    Well I think I will just build for now. Dave that video looked great. Have you built the jig?
    I haven't built it yet but then I haven't had time to do any woodworking for awhile. When I do build on, though, this is the one I'll build.

    I don't remember if the trailer shows it but he's worked out a way to take into account the saw kerf without using a kerf spacer. The original version of the jig required a spacer for the saw kerf and one for the thickness of the tenon. Now you only use a spacer for the thickness of the tenon.
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