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Eduard Nemirovsky
07-09-2011, 8:58 PM
Hi, is anybody using WoodRat system for joints? I am looking on there site - looks like nice pretty universal jig? I can not find any noting about restriction in how wide board can be DTling? Any thoughts about this jig, recommendation?

Thank you, Ed.

Mike Hollingsworth
07-09-2011, 9:04 PM
Only tool I can remember that I returned.

Gary Curtis
07-09-2011, 10:18 PM
I've had one since 2005. Send me an email (gary.curtis.s60@gmail.com) and I'll send you some literature and a manual used in teaching classes.

Newer models than mine can now handle work wider than 24", I believe. The dovetails are superb. They look handmade and can have variable spacing. With tooling and the router, you will get close to $1100, so be sure you want a machine for joints. It will make dovetail, finger joints, mortise & tenon, lap joints, bridle joints and a bunch of others. Guys with the Leigh jigs, seem to like their equipment. The Woodrat combines the function of the Leigh DT, and M&T jigs. For about the same cost.

There is a bit of a learning curve. Spend the $6 on the WR set and view the video before taking the plunge. You can order it from Lee Valley or the WoodRat.com websites. It is safer than a router table, and dust collection is pretty good. Since it is mounted on the wall, it frees up floor space in your shop.

Dave Lehnert
07-09-2011, 10:40 PM
Can't help you on your question but there is a local guy (Cincinnati) who manufactures a like item called the Router Boss.
Just another option for you to look at.

http://www.chipsfly.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?page=W/CTGY/M

Joe Scharle
07-10-2011, 10:01 AM
My Woodrat is about 15 years old and has cut a lot of DTs and M&Ts. But here's a warning; if you don't possess spatial relations ability, you will find yourself fighting against it's capabilities. I say that, from experience in trying to teach others how to use my WR. Engineers seem to have no problem.
However, the Router Boss looks like a nice alternative with more whiz bangs and accessories.