Anyone use the Leigh Mortise & Tenon jig?
It looks cool but at $850 I am not sure it's THAT cool.
I saw what appears to be a similar product by Trend Routing Technology for
You can see the Trend product at www.trend-usa.com.
I am sure it is not as good as the Leigh but appears pretty good for the
I am wondering if a jig like this might be a better choice than a dedicated
This month's (Feb. 04/Issue 168) issue of Fine Wooddorking
has a review of the Leigh along with four others. They have
video on the Leigh on their Web page.
The article gives the Leigh and all the others pretty high
Fine Wooddorking lists it at $689 from Lee Valley.
Maybe you might want to look at this month's (Feb. 04/Issue
139) issue of Popular Wooddorking. Nick Engler has an
article on a horizontal router table with an X-Y table for
making joints. Looks a little more useful than the Trend
and probably way cheaper onna 'count of you supply the
baltic birch and fabrication time. The rest of the magazine
this month looks good so I wouldn't hesitate plunking down
the cash for this one.
Typically anything from Leigh is worth the money though I
have a hard time spending so much for something dedicated to
For the money I would also look at the General International
mortiser but that's just me. I believe it's the 75-075.
The General doesn't cut tenons so maybe you would be better
off with a Leigh, or any of the other offerings.
I got mine a couple months ago...before the price increase from
My main justification is the need to build a couple pieces of furniture
this year but my shop is small (actually I don't have a shop and
everything is hauled out onto the driveway before I use it). Most of my
tools must be of a size and weight that I can pick it up and put it on a
The jig is truely wonderful. It takes me longer to cut the boards and
figure out what I'm going to do than cut the joints. The the FMT the
most difficult thing is not having enough clamps for gluing the project
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