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I'm wondering if anybody has anything positive or negative to say about the JessEm Zip Slot Mill. I'm not sure that I have that name correct.

One of the negative reviews talked about the difficulty in getting the cuts dead centered, but I don't see that as being a problem any more than getting the holes for dowels dead center. Just cut from matching faces so that the off set matches seems to me to make centering dead center not important, but what do I know. Just going by me experience with the JessEm doweling jig.

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If you mean a loose tenon jig, I have one and like it... Very well built, and easy to use....
As far as centering, both pieces need to be the same, but I've had no trouble with that....
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I use the Jessem Mini Mill. It's great. No centering problems at all. Just follow the directions.

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The jig is a little spendy, I'm thinking that one could cut the mortises, should say might cut them by using the Jessem Doweling jig. You would set it up and drill a hole or two and move the jig slightly, clamp it, drill again, and move it a little further until you have the mortixe cut to the length that you want. Then set the drili in the jig and move the jig, with bit turning in it, back and forth the lengtth of the mortise to cleani up. Might be to clumsy, just an idea, will have to "experiment" and see what happens.

You would have to make your own tenons but you should really do that anyway. You would also have to be careful to cut the the matching mortise the same as the first one, but that should not be much of a problem.

Works in theory of course, you never find the fatal flaw in an idea until you try it..

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If you mean a loose tenon jig, I have one and like it... Very well built, and easy to use....
As far as centering, both pieces need to be the same, but I've had no trouble with that....
Same here, no issues.
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Am I correct in thinking this is a manual domino?
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I think you are right on target, Angie.

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Am I correct in thinking this is a manual domino?
I also think you are right.



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Am I correct in thinking this is a manual domino?
Yes, but you could achieve the same by using your DW625 (you do have a DW625, don't you?), a guide bush and a home made jig for a heck of a lot less money.

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Yes, but you could achieve the same by using your DW625 (you do have a DW625, don't you?), a guide bush and a home made jig for a heck of a lot less money.

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Ahhhhhhh, I forgot to say that my idea came from the fact that already own the dowing jig. I do not have Dewalt 625, I do have the 611. I need to look at the 625 just to see what the difference in the two routers are.

Watching the demo on the JessEm slot cutter or mill just made me realize how easy it would be to use the doweling jig, since I already had it. The difference is that the doweling jig would have to be moved a little bit at a time which would be about the same as moving the workpiece from one position to the next beneath the drill bit in the drill press. The issued of not having the stops is the only thing that one would have to keep an eye on, or so it appears to me until I actually give it a try.

But, thank you for your attempt to be of help to me, and certainly your idea would be better if I did not already have the doweling jig, which by the way, I really do like.

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