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Finger/Box Joints, Router or TS?

I enjoy building boxes to display pistols, jewelry, etc. To this point, the only joints I commonly use are rabbit, miter, dovetail, spline and drawer box. I read numerous post on TS vs router for cutting the joints. Looks like a tossup on the preferred equipment.

My daughter is buying a Woodsmith Box Joint Jig for my Christmas present.
She also considered buying a Freud Box Joint Cutter Set or Spiral Mortising Router Bits to go with the jig.
Do members have an opinion on which type of cutter, the 1 piece dado blade or spiral up-cut bits, would maintain a flat bottom and proper width the longest? I want to go with the most cost effective cutter.

I have a 3HP cabinet TS and 3HP shaper so I could use either setup.
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Hi - I guess it's which one you're more comfortable using. If you go with the saw, looks like it only gives you two choices of size, 1/4 and 3/8. With the router bit set you have 4. Not really a decision maker as I assume you already have a dado set and more straight bits... Personally though, I prefer spiral bits for most operations, just the things are so expensive.


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