do WoodRat machines compare to the various dovetail
They offer a totally different
way of working, without guidebushes, templates and
expensive attachments. WoodRats produce more elegant
dovetails and are capable of producing many other
types of woodworking joints.
Do they work with any router?
Yes, but plunge routers are
quicker and easier to set, (especially when fitted
with a PlungeBar).
Is lining up pencil marks
Yes. Craftsmen have done
so for centuries.
A thin pencil line is all that's needed to get accurate
well fitting joints every time.
Can I use the router bits
I already have?
Yes. You can cut pins to
fit sockets made by any dovetail bit. You can also
use any bit in the catalog for profiling, tenoning,
Do I need some kind of table
No. It is best mounted on
a wall or high bench. Mounting on a wall takes the
least amount of space and it is permanently ready
for use. If your walls are sloping, (as in a loft),
you could try making a vertical section just wide
enough to take the 'Rat.
Otherwise it can be fixed
to a strong board held in a vice or SuperJaws. As
long as it is held firmly and has free space beneath
it and to the sides, there shouldn't be any problem.
Is there any dust extraction?
Dust extraction can be added
to your WoodRat very easily. Either connected to
your permanent system, or to a vacuum cleaner. The
hose fixes to the WoodRat itself, not to the router.
How long will
it take me to learn?
Learning joinery with the
WoodRat is no harder than learning how to make woodworking
joints with any other jig or appliance. We believe
the machine is simpler than most because there are
not a lot of machine settings, templates or accessories
The WoodRat supports a greater
variety of woodworking joints than any other jig
or appliance on the market and this may make it
seem more complex than it is. After determining
the joint you wish to make, in most cases, it is
just a matter of clamping the wood, positioning
the bit in relationship to the wood then either
moving the wood or the router through the cut. Once
you understand the 'Rat',
operations are very intuitive.
Unlike other tool manuals,
the WoodRat manual is both a machine operating guide
and a 'how to' joinery guide.
What are they made of?
The Channel, Guide Rail
and Fences are extruded aluminum, anodized silver/grey.
The Sliding Fence is glass-reinforced nylon and
the Plates are made from tough synthetic laminate.
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