I'm referring to kitchen worktop jigs similar to this one:
Is this jig really worth the £99.99 they seem to ask for them? Maybe
I'm a bit cynical in my old age, but it looks to me as though this
price is OTT for what the jig offers.
However never having used one perhaps I'm underestimating how useful
it would be.
On Thu, 28 Aug 2003 17:43:43 +0100, "Christian McArdle"
Sounds like a good enough reason to own one then. Wonder how I've got
by all these years?
Found this on ebay this afternoon:
You definitely need one AND a half-way decent router in order to make a good
joint. If doing it professionally, you would soon recover the cost many
times over - but if you're doing just one kitchen on a d-i-y basis, it's
probably cheaper to pay someone to do the joints for you.
Unless I'm missing something, it can't possibly *cost* anything like £100 to
make the jig - so someone is making a massive profit simply because people
are prepared to pay for the usefulness.
What I have always wondered is -
As the router is the ideal tool to make a copy of this jig how come you
never see anyone selling them for £20 made out of MDF or similar?
I would have thought it would be a fairly simple task to rough it out with a
jigsaw then make a precise copy with a bearing guided straight cutter.
On Fri, 29 Aug 2003 07:19:48 +0000 (UTC), "Sean Delere"
Alan Sugar, get your arse over here..... ;)
Can't help thinking that guy on ebay that I linked to earlier might
have gone down this route (pun intended). £45 is a whole lot better
than £99 in my view, and quite probably still has a profit margin of
£44. Or maybe profit margin of £45 if the extra postage charge is
What's the betting this jig is covered by copyright law?
Seems to me there's a big untapped market in this particular area for
someone who has a bit of patience. Hmm..... ;)
there was a guy offering jigs made from 6mm birch ply with locating
pins for aroun 30-50 quid and now 1/2" routers are available from 55
quid.. seems like, with the increased interest in diy, that this gap
has been noticed. Just a matter of time before it opens up and the
market leaders with have to fall in line.
I agree around the £100 mark does sound like a lot of money for a tool you
may only use once or twice unless you are a kitchen fitter. Plus you will
need a decent 1/2 router so unless you already have one the cost of a couple
of joints does sound very expensive.
I guess what you are paying for in the jig is the fact that some one has
worked out all the bits you need to do. It may cost you alot more than £100
if you mess up the fitting of the worktop.
My view is I am saving money by fitting myself allowing me to buy a better
quality kitchen so why ruin it in the last stages with a naff joint at the
I just bought the Trend Combi 66 from D&M Tools (http://www.dm-tools.co.uk )
for £89.99. It is well made comes with instructions and slightly smaller to
most jigs I have seen so should be easier to store.
As others have said if you know this is a one off job why not hire the jig.
Once you've got the jig & bits you can always earn yourself a bit of beer
money by fitting worktops for friends etc, or you could hire your own jig
I just checked the D&M tools web site and couldn't find the
aforementioned. Closest I came was:
Which at £139 is rather more expensive so it can't be the same item. I
found this one too:
Seems more likely, but £98.99 - includes TCT cutter.
Could you confirm the model number please?
What is your catchment area? Do you cover Reading?
I have 2 lengths of Iroko that need to be cut to length, rounded over, with
a Belfast sink cutout and some cutting around some window architrave that
mustn't be cut itself. No worktop joints (for tis a galley).
Sorry I have not replied eariler but not had access to the net.
The jig I got was the Trend Combi 66. I got mine when I popped into the
store. I think the jig is fairly new and may not have been included on the
See here for the Trend site for details:
Just double checked my receipt and the cost was actually £85 (inc vat and
not exc as per trend website) and not the £89.99 I previously stated. A 1/2"
shank 2" cutter was included free of charge.
Give them a call.
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