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I am going to building a dinette set, "Table and 6 chairs", and Im trying to decide on which jig is best Money wise and production wise to purchase. I have looked at the Leigh FMT frame Mortise and Tendon Jig'

Also looking at is the Jig made by Steve Maskery on Workshop Essentials.com this is a home made jig but looks promising
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There are many ways to do M/T work, but I prefer using a router and jig with either fixed or floating tenons. The Leigh FMT is a great jig that is extremely accurate and does a great job, but it's expensive. While I have one, and love it, it's not really a total solution and definately not the cheapest solution. Other jigs like the Pat Warner jig can be made or purchased to make the mortises for floating tenon joinery. Then you make tenon stock with a router table and table saw to fit the mortises that you made. If you are on a tight budget, this method is preferred, as you can even build your own jig if you are on a tight budget.

Chairs with round spindle legs are usually assembled with round tenons that are inserted into mortises that are drilled, usually using a forstner bit, into the mating part. Square legged chairs and tables tend to use more traditional rectangular M/T joinery. You need to investigate your design and determine your needs, and budget, before deciding what you will need.

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Hey Charley

You should see the jig that Rick R. and Bob R. came up with,all done with the plunge router ,brass guide and a bearing screwed to the end of the stick to get that round end on it and the jig to drill the holes with a plunge router, plus the jig can be adjusted to many angles for chair work,table work, etc.. you will be amazed how easy it can be done with the right jig and the plunge router..


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There are many ways to do M/T work, but I prefer using a router and jig with either fixed or floating tenons. The Leigh FMT is a great jig that is extremely accurate and does a great job, but it's expensive. While I have one, and love it, it's not really a total solution and definately not the cheapest solution. Other jigs like the Pat Warner jig can be made or purchased to make the mortises for floating tenon joinery. Then you make tenon stock with a router table and table saw to fit the mortises that you made. If you are on a tight budget, this method is preferred, as you can even build your own jig if you are on a tight budget.

Chairs with round spindle legs are usually assembled with round tenons that are inserted into mortises that are drilled, usually using a forstner bit, into the mating part. Square legged chairs and tables tend to use more traditional rectangular M/T joinery. You need to investigate your design and determine your needs, and budget, before deciding what you will need.

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[QUOTE=bobj3;223581]Hey Charley

You should see the jig that Rick R. and Bob R. came up with,all done with the plunge router ,brass guide and a bearing screwed to the end of the stick to get that round end on it and the jig to drill the holes with a plunge router, plus the jig can be adjusted to many angles for chair work,table work, etc.. you will be amazed how easy it can be done with the right jig and the plunge router..


Thank you for the Information guys
BJ is it possible to purchase the plans you mentioned in this post that Rick R. and Bob R. have.

Charley I have a Lose plan already and actually this is part of the information im trying to get prepared for before i start this project. All of the tenons will be either traditional or floating tenons I have a Mortice Machine now. Just need to be able to make Tenons accurately. I will be making angled tenons also.

Does anyone have any feed back on the jigs made bye Steve Maskery at Workshop Essentials.com
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Hey Charley

You should see the jig that Rick R. and Bob R. came up with,all done with the plunge router ,brass guide and a bearing screwed to the end of the stick to get that round end on it and the jig to drill the holes with a plunge router, plus the jig can be adjusted to many angles for chair work,table work, etc.. you will be amazed how easy it can be done with the right jig and the plunge router..


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Do you know what episode that was on?

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Hi James

Episode 1106/1107 Chair-side Table, 2 Parts

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But others also it's a neat jig, one time they used a screw head for the bearing, so they could brass guide could follow it without the bearing in place, neat stuff..

I wish Rick would post a picture of the jig so others could copy it..I could draw a small sketch of it if you think it would help..

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Hi James

Episode 1106/1107 Chair-side Table, 2 Parts

Router Workshop: Series 1100 Hilites

But others also it's a neat jig, one time they used a screw head for the bearing, so they could brass guide could follow it without the bearing in place, neat stuff..

I wish Rick would post a picture of the jig so others could copy it..I could draw a small sketch of it if you think it would help..

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Thanks BJ.

I have the full series on a USB stick.

Will give them a view tonite

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Steve,

The best way that I've made floating tenon stock is to use a planer to get the correct thickness. Then I cut them to width with the table saw and, if desired, round the edges with the router table and a bull nose bit. I leave the stock long and then cut them to length, as needed, with my miter saw. Since getting the Leigh FMT jig about 5 years ago I have done very little floating tenon work, as once set up the FMT will make both the mortises and the tenons so easily and accurately.

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I haven't been able to watch Router Workshop for quite a few years, as none of the stations that I have access to carry it any more. I watched it quite religiously before it was dropped though.

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Hi Charley

Me too that's why I put them on VHS/CD/DVD's off the TV .. I knew it would not last on the TV...and I didn't want to get up at 2:00 a.m. to see them..on the PBS station..in town...

But I still take a peek at them on the
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The best way that I've made floating tenon stock is to use a planer to get the correct thickness. Then I cut them to width with the table saw and, if desired, round the edges with the router table and a bull nose bit. I leave the stock long and then cut them to length, as needed, with my miter saw. Since getting the Leigh FMT jig about 5 years ago I have done very little floating tenon work, as once set up the FMT will make both the mortises and the tenons so easily and accurately.

Bobj3,

I haven't been able to watch Router Workshop for quite a few years, as none of the stations that I have access to carry it any more. I watched it quite religiously before it was dropped though.

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