Tom Coper (in Xns9832A8348E213cooper5961coxnet@184.108.40.206) said:
| Does anyone out there have any experience with a woodrat machine.
| I'm thinking on purchasing some type of routing jig, I'm leaning
| towards the Leigh but this woodrat looks more versitle. Comments?
Hmm - If versitility is what you're after, follow the link in my sig
for more ideas. :-)
DeSoto, Iowa USA
Take a look at the following link:
John Lucas give a pretty in depth play-by-play description of his
experiences setting up and using a WoodRat. I believe that he has also
looked at the Leigh jig. You'll have to look around his site for more info.
Hope this helps.
It's _far_ more versatile. If all you want is a mortice / tenon jig,
then I doubt it's cost effective. If all you want is a one size M/T
jig, then you can make your own for tuppence....
What the Woodrat's really good for is trellises. Things that are
basically simple, but there are 200 pieces needed in 5 different
patterns and only the time / budget to let you hammer them all out in
minutes. It's great for that.
Personally I don't rout either mortices or tenons, have no intention of
doing so, but I'd still love a Woodrat.
Tom: I'm not sure where you are, so this may not be economically
feasible, but Lee Valley is running at least one day seminar on the
WoodRat. If it was possible, you might want to drop by to learn more.
Tom Coper wrote:
I've had one for many years. A great tool, but underused.
I found it very useful for cutting some blind dovetails in the side cheeks
of a welsh type dresser. THey needed to be about 9 inches long, to allow
the shelves to slide in from the back. But to stop it binding they had to
be slightly converging, so the shelves could slide in before biting.
Are you near London (UK)?
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