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Tool review: Tablesaw Tenoning Jigs

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Workpiece clamping: Make it speedy and secure

Workpiece clamping: Make it speedy and secure

Ideally, you want to center the threaded clamp rod--and the force--on the workpiece, so that means adjusting the arm fore and aft, and locking it in place. We like locks that require no tools to secure. Some models need a hexhead wrench (one more thing to keep track of) to operate the arm lock.

As for adjusting the clamp itself in and out to accommodate different workpiece widths, look for a clamp with a quick-release [photo] to speed adjustment. Instead, you might also consider one of the models with a speedy steel crank, because they keep one hand free for holding the workpiece.


Lateral adjustments: Fine-tune your tenons

All but two of the tested tenoning jigs use sleeve-type microadjust systems for moving the sliding base left and right to adjust the tenon size: The microadjuster threads into a sleeve that moves freely in the sliding base when the microadjust lock is loosened. That's your coarse adjustment. Securing the lock fixes the sleeve in the sliding base so that turning the microadjuster moves the base in a slow but controlled fashion. Overall, this style of lateral adjustment works fine, but requires locking and unlocking two closely spaced ratcheting lock levers (the sliding-base lock and microadjust lock).

So we prefer the models with more intuitive adjustments [photo]: You push and hold the quick release, slide the base, let go of the quick release, and dial in the precise alignment. One knob locks it down.


Continued on page 3:  Other features that affect performance

 



Comments (4)
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wnrssll50gmail wrote:

I have pretty good luck with my home made tenoning jigs. A few scraps of wood for a saddle that rides the fence and a few more pieces for stabilizers. Still, I think it would be nice to have one of these just because it looks like fun.

2/8/2016 05:49:58 AM Report Abuse
hoangtrong001g wrote:

Excellent info here, I am currently doing some research and found exactly what I was looing for. This is my blog http://www.bandsawsexpert.com

1/19/2016 07:18:46 AM Report Abuse
hoangtrong001g wrote:

I think this is what Iżll get for my husband/wife/son/dad/,ż a new band saw I loved the explanations here and thanks so much for your articles. Now I need to choose one of them. the hardest job still. Iżll see what he likes

1/19/2016 07:09:34 AM Report Abuse
rbissobissomil wrote:

It would have been nice to give us a list of the jigs you tested. How you ever picked the Delta is beyond. I bought one based on your review and returned it. It was pitiful. See my review of it for details.

3/16/2015 03:54:40 PM Report Abuse

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