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I’ve had the opportunity to work with some great mortising machines over the past couple of months, but the Multi-Router is my favorite. However, the nearly $3,000 price tag (router not included) is a substantial outlay. The Multi-Router is elegantly simple: A horizontal table holds the workpiece and moves in the X and Y directions, and a vertical table holds the router and moves in the Z (up and down) axis.
As you would expect from a higher-priced machine, the construction, precision, and smoothness are exceptional. Even with a large workpiece and a heavy cut, it moves effortlessly.
Hold-downs and workpiece stops are just as good. I especially liked the stops for table motion, which allow you to use calipers to set up precise cuts, and feeler gauges to fine-tune them.
There is a separate lever for X, Y, and Z travel, which means you can make tenons, for example, with a single setup. You might not bother, though, since loose-tenon joinery is also easy. The workpiece table tilts in two directions for compound mortises up to 45°.
This is a true X-Y-Z milling machine and thus can make all kinds of precise cuts on small and large parts; the only limit is your imagination.
This jig is available for about $2,750 from www.jdstools.com.
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