I recieved the Leigh Industries DVD and product catalog the other day. After watching the video I am convinced that the Leigh D4 will be in my shop by spring. Also on the video was information on the [link:www.leighjigs.com/fmt.php|Leigh Frame Mortise and Tenon Jig (FMT)] this appears to be a quality tool with a unique design.
So now to the questions..........
1) Have any of you used the FMT?
2) Also, is the FMT really a better method of making M&T joints than using a dedicated mortiser and a tennoning jig on the TS?
3) Lastly, should I add the Leigh FMT to my ever growing wish list?
There are other fixtures that will do the same, for a lot less money. Or you can build your own jig. Personally, for around the same amount of money, as the FMT, I'd rather have a Woodrat. It will do ALL of what the FMT will do PLUS a lot more, including MANY different joints.
I aquired one at an estate auction. I stole it actually. I told myself I would never have one because that was waaaayyyyyy too much to pay for a chunk of machined aluminum. Well, I have to say that after using it for about a year now, I don't know what I would do without it. I find myself making m&t joints in just about everything I make. It works great and is simple to set up and use. I even bought a router to dedicate to the jig. I have never used a Woodrat, but I have heard lots of good things about them. There is a Woodrat forum too. I forget the address, but a search should find it for you.
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