The Trend M&T jig does a pretty fair job, for it's price, but I found that
there wasn't any capability in the design to allow you to adjust for the
tightness of fit of the joint. Some joints that it produced were just too
loose to suit me. I began using the Trend jig only for making the mortices
for loose tenon joinery and then I made loose tenon stock to fit them, but I
was able to do floating tenon joinery as good as this with a home made
mortising fixture even before I bought the Trend jig. So the only thing that
I really got for my money was a jig that wasn't made of wood and was
sometimes a little easier to set up than the one that I had made myself.
Then I finally bit the bullet and bought the Leigh FMT jig. It has the
capability in it's design to allow you to adjust for joint tightness.
Although it was initially quite expensive, the Leigh FMT jig has proven
itself to be a rock solid, precision tool that produces CNC quality M&T
joints every time. I have been very satisfied with the results that I can
achieve with it. If you need this quality of precision joinery and can't
afford a CNC, then the Leigh FMT is the way to go. If you don't need tight
fitting joints, then the Trend will work OK for you, but it isn't much
better than a home made jig and loose tenon joinery, which is by far the
cheapest way to go.
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