I like the floating tenons too. But they double the glue up time.bladeburner said:I have a Woodrat for cutting the mortises for floating tenons and it also makes short work of integral tenons when I use them. And a Steel City benchtop mortiser when I want square edged mortises. So for me, no single tool does it all, but I could be personally happy to use nothing but floating tenons.
All of the parts are pretty flimsy on the Powermatic. I've seen the cast iron table break where the material clamp is bolted on it. Having worked on the PM and the Woodtek both, I think that the Woodtek is beefier in all respects than the PM. The price was similar when I bought mine. The one caution with the Woodtek is that when I went to pick up a machine I checked the milled cast iron table to see if the integral fence was square to the table. It wasn't on the first one I checked. It was perfect on the one I bought. If the fence isn't square, neither are your mortises. I've been using this machine in a full time wood shop for 16 years without a problem. Love it.Interesting statement...care to expand on it?
Thanks for the kind words. There are hundreds of plans on the net like this one. I bought a plan but tabled it and designed it myself. I used the concept from the plan. My bearings and rails are better than most. The router assembly is all my idea.Jeff Shafer said:Wow, this is all great stuff fellas!:thumbsup: But I've got a my Bench Dog pro top router table at will call to pick up tomorrow. I think it will serve my purposes for the time being. BTW Al your set up is really unique, did you design it yourself or are there plans for that some where?