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New features in versatile beadLOCK Pro loose-tenon tool

The biggest news with beadLOCK is the new beadLOCK Pro version of this loose-tenon tool.

The beadLOCK Pro features the same premise -- a guide for drilling overlapping holes in stock for mating premade tenons -- but adds a clamping body with up to 3 1/2" width capacity. This allows you to use it more accurately and on wider stock with no need for clamps.

The Pro unit features six holes in the standard 3/8" guide block (the original unit has three), and also has a mortise-paring block that helps guide you in squaring up mortises with a chisel. The $120 kit comes with everything needed for 3/8" mortises: jig, guide block, drill bit, stop collar, and paring guide block.

Tenon stock is sold separately (three 12"-long pieces for $5; or 20 2"-long pieces for $6). Also available are kits for 1/4" and 1/2" mortises ($40 each); tenon stock is available in 12" and short lengths.

The standard beadLOCK jig is now sold as a kit for 3/8" mortises. For $30 you get the jig, guide block, drill bit, and six shims. Kits are also available for 1/4" ($15) and 1/2" ($20). Tenon stock is sold as mentioned with the Pro unit. Storage cases come with all units.

For more indepth information on finishing, visit the Finishing and Refinishing Techniques section within the WOOD Store.


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