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Let’s see, the former Leigh FMT (Frame Mortise & Tenon Jig) is now the Leigh FMT Pro, and the new “low-cost” version is the Leigh Super FMT, shown above. The $849.99 (from Highland Woodworking, router not incluced) FMT Pro, shown below, uses aluminum extrusions, while the $399.99 (also from Highland Woodworking, router still not included) Super uses CNC punched steel plate. Both versions claim to do “over 70 standard joints,” handle a large variety of routers, and have similar accessories. The FMT Pro has built-in dust collection with two adapters, but the Super FMT requires an optional two-adapter vacuum box.

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Because a woodworker can never have enough clamps, Leigh Industries gives us their locking cam-action Hold-Down Clamp to hold your work to your bench.  The 90-degree lever lets you clamp down fast on stock up to 3″ thick.  They make the body of the clamp from a super-strong alloy and coat the heel and toe with non-marring nylon to protect your pricey woods.

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Isoloc Joint Template on a Jig

Dovetail joinery can be one mark of excellent craftsmanship, but woodworkers have been joining with ’em for hundreds of years. You can always spice dovetails up a bit by varying the distance between the pins and tails — but if you really want your project to be noticed, you should check out Leigh’s Isoloc joint templates. Isoloc templates allow you to create curved and rounded fingers that are only possible with a router.

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Almost every drawer you’ll find on quality furniture is assembled using a dovetail joint, and if you’ve ever look at those drawers you’ve probably wondered, “How do they make those?”  It’s actually a lot easier than you’d think: They use a jig which guides a router bit to cut out the interlocking grooves.

The Leigh D4R is one such jig, and a pretty decent one from what we can tell.  It can handle up to 45″ wide stock, and is capable of jigging lots of different joints including finger, Isoloc hybrid, mortise and tenon, and jumbo half-blind dovetails. 

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