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    Loose Tenon Mortising

    Just wondered what the collective thought about this.

    For 70$, seems like not a bad deal, compared to a festool domino...

    http://www.jessemdirect.com/Pocket_M...&rid=234747782

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    I received the email about this tool this morning -- took some time looking at the ad and think I like it .. now where to get the money.
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    i like the price compared to the mortise pal that glenn uses, but his does have a choice of larger mortise sizes which can be beneficial in some cases.. this appears to be limited to the 1/4 bit they have.. for most 4/4 applications it would be fine. will be interesting to see others views brent.
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    It sure looks sturdy and well made. I don't think I'd want to do mass production with it of course, but hard to see the down side on it.
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    i agree on the sturdy and well made brent,, jessman tools have always been good quality in my opinion.
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    I got the link also this am. Does look nice for the money. Does this only work with their loose tennons, or will others work as long as they are the 1/4" size? When will the version come out that you can mount a router to? Jim.
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    It looks like a good idea to me, but I'll stay with my router table or handheld router so I can vary the mortise size. The price of their loose tenons seems reasonable, but I always have plenty of scrap to make my own of whatever size I need.
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    We have a group of us that jumped on these several months ago ... 14 in total. Very well made, works great. It is limited to the 1/4" bit. The loose tenons can be from them or home made. I agree with Brent .. if you are doing 'production' quantities a table and router is probably faster over all. But for that quick face frame cabinet, this is just the ticket ... and it is highly portable for on-site work.

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    Looks like a better price point version of the JessEm ZipSlot. At $200 to $250, I'd take a mortise pal anytime. For $70 and the occasional user it could be a good deal. JessEm has their problems but, tool quality sure isn't one of them. They are beautifully made and the smooth sides allowing good face to face grain contact are a step up from dowels or a BeadLock system.
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    I'm still "working" (okay, it's on pause for the past 2 weeks due to other responsibilities) on my Woodgears finger joint jig.

    BUT, I've also looked several times at his Mortising Machine. I might like to give that a try.

    I did just watch that Jessem Video, and it does look reasonably straightforward. However, as I was watching, I found myself thinking about time. I've got a dowel jig, and it works great, but it is quite time consuming to drill all those dowel holes. This video really compresses things in the editing, so I'm curious just how long it takes to drill/mill those mortises. And then I'd like to see that compared to other methods.
    I also wondered about if this was at all a problem for the drill to put a side-load on it like this jig does... or is it all born by that extra long drill bit?
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