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The WoodRat now
has a new improved channel and sliding bar, with t-slots for added functionality.
It also features new aluminium fences, also with extra t-slots. It comes with
a full manual, raising plate, alu guide rails, parallelogram and profiling brush
- everything you need to get jointing. There is also a no quibble 28 day guarantee.
• Musclechuck (essential quick change collet)
• Mitre Box
(for mitered cuts)
Set 1 or 2 (quality HSS bits)
(for easy depthing and morticing)
Rail (the ultimate mortising carriage)
Whetsone (perfect for sharpening HSS)
Mitre Box MB3
Classic Drawer-Front Dovetail Set 4pcs
MR4 Mortice Rail For WoodRat WR900 and WR5
Cutter Set 2 (8mm and 1/2" shanks 9pcs)
Pocket Diamond Stone 3”x1”
Ditto all the other reviews plus...,
with what all the other reviewers said. I've had the Leigh Jig for
many years and just bought the Woodrat about a month ago. After just
a few days of using it I sold the Leigh Jig. The Woodrat is that good
and can do that much more.
Versatility is Only the Beginning
is a wonder of engineering unlike any other router jig on the market.
Not because of its complexity and certainly not because of its deceptively
minimal appearance, but because of what it achieves through ingenious
mechanical simplicity. While other router jigs may do some things
well, the Woodrat is in a class by itself and here is why:
First, the Woodrat way is the craftsmen's way, just turned on its
head a little. This has to be the best part of owning a Woodrat. Yes,
you can make any joint imaginable with the Woodrat, and yes it can
completely replace a router table, but the beauty of the Woodrat is
in how it lets you work. Once your head stops spinning from the initial
shock of the Woodrat's unique approach, it will hit you. The Woodrat
lets you think like a woodworker. In fact it throws the doors of creative
wood joinery wide open. If you can conceive of it, the Woodrat can
help you do it, and in a manner very like what woodworkers have always
done. Only now you can do it with far fewer tools, far faster, and
with far greater repeatability. The learning curve is steep, but once
the fog begins to clear the Woodrat will send your mind on an amazing
joint making adventure. No other jig will offer you this kind of freedom
and versatility. The others might cut dovetails, finger joints, and
maybe even mortise and tenon, but they will never be able to offer
you the flexibility, elegance, and creative control that a Woodrat
Second, the Woodrat is a complete system. Buy the machine, a Woodrat
plunge bar, Woodrat's excellent bits, and attach your plunge router.
That is all you will need to do some amazing things. Try cutting true
half blind dovetails, with asymmetric spacing, an elegant 1 in 9 slope,
in a houndstooth pattern, with any other router jig! The Woodrat can
do this right out of the box (well after you install it on some free
wall space anyway). There are a few very simple jigs you can make
for it if you want, but I have found myself either not needing jigs
or using the Woodrat to make my own custom jigs for itself and other
machines. Its method of controlling your router makes a dangerous
tool as safe as it can be, and you've not just bought into some vast
array of accessories, templates, and upgrades. The Woodrat is simple,
self-contained, and extraordinarily competent.
Third, every router jig is only as good as the cuts you make with
it, and here the Woodrat really shines. It has the ability to power
feed smoothly and efficiently through climb cuts to avoid tearout.
It allows you to approach the work piece from any direction you choose,
again avoiding tearout. It offers a variety of ways to securely and
safely hold the work piece or pieces. And it has the finest range
of dovetail and straight cutters anywhere. Yes, Woodrat cutters are
HSS and not Carbide, but for good reason. Carbide cutters must be
shaped to midigate the inherent brittleness of their bonded grain
structure which is why carbide dovetail bits are so stocky and unrefined.
The cutting angle of carbide cutters is also a compromise and while
they do cut hardwood, they don't cut it very well. Woodrat's HSS bits
are much better suited for real wood. Even though they do need frequent
sharpening, the all HSS construction allows them to have a 105 degree
cutting angle which, unlike carbide bits (that mash there way through
wood fibers) shears wood fibers like a sharp hand plane. The other
benefit of HSS construction is that the entire bit is structural and
can therefore retain incredible strength even in the smallest and
narrowest bit profiles. Take a look at the refinement and elegance
of the Woodrat dovetail bits compared to any carbide dovetail bits.
They maintain proper dovetail slopes, yet are long, thin, and elegant.
A skilled craftsmen could hand cut dovetails with a thinner throat,
but not by much!
Great tools are only as good as the minds and hands controlling them.
The Woodrat is a great tool. If you can't cut dovetails by hand the
Woodrat will allow you do cut them, but so will lots of other router
jigs on the market. If you can't cut a decent tenon to save your life
the Woodrat will save your life for you, but other jigs can do that
too. But once you have a Woodrat you'll realize that it's the only
router jig on the market that is as good as you will ever be, thereby
insuring its place in your shop for as long as you work wood. Buy
one. Give the less adventurous their confining templates, metal fingers,
and clunky carbide cutters.
owned one for about a year. Initial questions from all dealers in
the US and UK were quickly answered and my product purchase and post-purchase
support has been outstanding. Bought mine from chipsfly.com and accessories
have also worked well. Very good quality, good manual and online links
that provide additional help. Takes up very little space in my shop
and is quite enjoyable to work with. My only issue is with the square
vaccuum/sawdust collection concept which is difficult to adapt round
This is versatility
had one for a bit over a year. It can do mortices, tenons, grooves,
dadoes, rabbits, through and blind dovetails, box joints, raised panels,
sliding dovetails, and a whole lot more.
Although you have to think a bit about your setups, they're really
not bad and make good, intuitive sense once you understand what's
going on with the machine. Manual is great, and it's a lot of fun.
The results come out great - especially the very thin dovetails that
look like handcuts. Lots of room for creativity.