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Joint Matic table ideas photos

Posted: Sat Dec 27, 2008 1:53 pm
by reible

Limit number of people have these machines but for those that do here is an idea how to get along without the extension table that was once sold as a option to the J-M.
This was originally on 4/19/2007 at:
However the link to the photos is no longer valid so I re posted them here.

With only going into a lot of detail the concept here works for other things like as it turns out the shopsmith band saw as it was later was shown by Nick

So if you don't own the J-M take a look anyway... strip sander... scroll saw... dare to be creative.






Joint Matic

Posted: Sat Dec 27, 2008 2:08 pm
by dusty
I was interested in buying a Joint Matic (on ebay) this past week but when people started bidding like they did I went to bed. It was incomplete (router plates missing) but the price when through the roof almost instantly despite that. This is not my idea of a good deal.

I do appreciate your photos though, Ed and I still want a Joint Matic. Furthermore, I will have one one day.

Is your Joint Matic just resting on the extension table or is the 2x bolted to something other than the Joint Matic?

Posted: Sat Dec 27, 2008 3:21 pm
by reible
The block of wood is mounted to an extension table base. I want to change this a bit so like maybe 1-1/2" of plywood. Yet another project so for now it is on this scrap piece of treated wood. The paper under the J-M at the mounting places can then be done away with as the table can be done on studs and made adjustable.

I have seen a J-M go for as high as $560!!!! The one I have I paid more then I should have for but I wanted one, and no I would never go to anywhere near $500.

The big danger of the version like was on ebay and that I own is the slide can get cracked where the lead screw is. Mine had this problem and the previous owner did a good job repairing it and it seems to be holding but I wasn't sure so I purchased a lightly used replacement.

After you mentioned it I was watching it, then when you said you were going to pass on it I was thinking of it for spare parts for me. The price however went to high for that.


Posted: Sat Dec 27, 2008 3:51 pm
by gregf
Wouldn't Woodhaven's Horizontal Router Table make a reasonable replacement?

Posted: Sat Dec 27, 2008 5:12 pm
by dusty
Yes, it certainly would. Especially at the price.

Posted: Sat Dec 27, 2008 6:46 pm
by sswoodworker48
How about the MLCS version? It's about 40% less than the Woodhaven unit. Is it a 'get what you pay for' kind of deal?


Posted: Sat Dec 27, 2008 6:55 pm
by dusty
You know, these don't look like they would be hard to build at all. The hard part would be finding some sort of track (the vertical supports) to move the router plate up and down on.

A pair of 520 front rails would work great. Problem is they are almost as expensive as the rigs that have been referenced here.

Posted: Sat Dec 27, 2008 7:00 pm
by curiousgeorge
From what I have heard and seen the MLCS table is a good deal. Especially with the free shipping MLCS offers.

How about just using T-Track for the Vertical support slots? Here is a pic of one a guy made on the Router Forums...

bevel miter gauge

Posted: Sat Dec 27, 2008 7:46 pm
by reible
This is the home made version for use with joint-matic. Later I'll show you the real one. They are very hard to find, it took me about 2 years of searching and these have gone for over $100 several times on ebay!!

This was a prototype but now that I have a real one I'll just use that.

Photo records in the next couple of posts from me.







Posted: Sat Dec 27, 2008 7:49 pm
by reible
And the pictures continue





Still more coming