Jack of too many trades..
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: St. Louis
I like the Festool system.. from what I can tell. At $700 it's not going to happen for me. Instead, I invested in a $30 beadlock loose tenon kit and I have to say those loose tenons are *tough* Way tougher than using a Kreg pocket screw setup (which I also have).
I used 3/8" oak beadlock tenon stock on my recent reproduction historical storm windows and (when made carefully) the results were *very* impressive in terms of strength and fit. For my reproduction storm windows, I use 5/4 kiln-dried exterior grade deck lumber for the structure and matched storm sash 1/2 router bits to cut the profile and copes. Then I used the beadlock kit to align and drill the holes and assembled the windows.
Beadlock was bought by Rockler some time back, which only sucks because only they provide the kits and parts. Also, they only make a router bit to make the 3/8" size tenons yourself, so you're entirely dependent on them for 1/4" and 1/2" tenon stock *AND* they are seriously out of stock and backordered thanks to COVID-19.
That said... if I could get an affordable Festool, I'd absolutely get one. I still prefer to make proper mortise and tenon, but I am very happy with the loose tenons for something that's not furniture.