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Rockler Beadlock Pro Kit (3/8'')

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Get incredibly strong, totally concealed joints with just your hand drill and the Beadlock Pro Kit. Beadlock Pro does everything Beadlock Basic does, but adds greater capacity and adjustability, plus the ability to create traditional smooth-sided mortises. Just pop the included paring block into the jig to provide an accurate guide for your chisel. With a 3-1/2" width capacity, it will easily handle the large joints found in tables, chairs and big casework. Slide the guide block along the rails to place your mortise precisely where you want it. Includes Beadlock Pro Jig, 3/8" drill bit, 3/8" stop collar, 3/8" Beadlock guide block, 3/8" mortise paring guide block and a molded plastic case with added space for the optional accessory kits. All Accessory Kits include corresponding guide block, mortise paring guide block, HSS drill bit and stop collar.For more information on Beadlock Pro, see this article:The New BeadLOCK Jigs - Affordable, Rock-Solid Joinery.Technical Details:Beadlock system overlaps drill bit holes precisely to accept a special Beadlock loose tenon.Ribbed tenon design prevents racking and increases the amount of face-grain glue surface. Creates an extremely strong, totally concealed joint.Integral clampInfinite adjustabilityConstructed of heavy-duty 3/8" anodized aluminum with All adjustments are made with easy-grip knobs.Index lines on the guide block allow you to precisely align the jig with your reference marks.Index lines on the ends of jig, allow you to line up mortise width-wise on the piece.Handles stock thicknesses of 3/4" and up.Includes all necessary hardware for cutting 3/8" joints. (Tenon stock sold separately.)Storage case is molded with additional spacing for optional 1/4" and 1/2" drill block sizes (39882 and 36546).

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Item Weight 7.9 pounds

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4.0 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews

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Best Sellers Rank #816,886 in Home Improvements (See top 100)
#851 in Home Improvement > Power & Hand Tools > Power Tool Parts & Accessories > Jig Accessories
Shipping Weight 7.9 pounds
Date First Available January 21, 2011

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By Gerald Glauser on July 13, 2010
First item is to reverse steps #6 and #5 in instructions. Fig. #6 also shows piece "A" marked on the side, while Fig. #2 shows it on the edge.

Next, the single clamp in the center isn't enough, especially for small pieces. You need to add a hand clamp to keep the board from moving when drilling.

Tried twice and the edges were a bit off (0.021"). Using 3/8" center rods, I found their last painted mark was off by that amount from the others. Fixing that, it came out perfectly aligned. Their tenons are .360-.364 against the .375 hole, which allows an easy fit and you can clamp the faces flush. The glue and wood swell should cover that gap easily.

Also, the carriage is locked down by two screws. Since the screw ends were not flat, tightening would try to shift the carriage by 2-4 mils if it happened to torque away from the end stop. I ground them flat then broke the edges, since Murphy says all errors tend to add in the worst way:-) This also reduces the tendency for the screws to bite into the carriage. If you've been using yours, look at the bite marks in the carriage body and you'll see semi-circles. A flat with smooth edges will give much more gripping power. (Note: nearly every tool I've had with simple lock screws has had this problem.)

I've done mortise/tenon with a router and a mortising machine, but this is much faster and easier.

Regarding the previous reviewer (L.T.Thel) and his problems. Yes, it would be tedious (and error prone) to try and perfectly line up 52 times to a line. In the last project I had 16 identical joints to do. I drew lines for only the first set, then used that to clamp spacer blocks in place. That gave perfectly identical and aligned joints without having to mark or sight lines.
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I received this as a Christmas present, along with a half-inch Beadlock Pro Accessory kit (from Rockler), and four packages of 1/2'' BeadLOCK Tenon Stock, 12'' Pieces, 3 Pack, or twelve feet of tenon stock. I used the Beadlock kit to build an interior door which had two stiles, two wide rails, two narrow rails, and three center stiles. Each wide rail had three Beadlock tenons at each end; each narrow rail had two, and each center stile had one. This required cutting 26 tenons, each 4" long, and drilling 52 Beadlock mortises. Centering the jig and drilling each mortise was straightforward. The really hard part was aligning the mortises in the rails with those in the stiles. The Beadlock jig has engraved lines on the black aluminum jig filled with white paint. The idea is to align these white lines on the jig with the pencil marks that you've scribed on the wooden stock to be drilled. I ended up making three little wooden templates for drawing the 52 skinny pencil lines identifying the side of each mortise. Each of the 52 times I clamped the jig, I carefully sighted down the pencil line to reduce any parallax error in aligning it with the white line on the jig. This was extremely tedious. In the end, the door went together, but part of that was due to the soft wood (cedar) and strong bar clamps. There is no question that I now have a strong door, but using the jig didn't exactly leave me with a feeling of satisfaction in a job well done or pride in craftsmanship. I don't feel that I can do the next job any better than I did this one using this jig.
Part of the problem may be that I am a klutz, but I don't think that it's completely sour grapes to expect that a jig that costs well north of one hundred bucks to have some positive mechanism for making alignment simple and accurate.
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I picked up the 3/8" Pro Kit from Rockler recently. I don't have any backgrounds with mortise and tenon work. On the positive side, I was able to pretty quickly make floating tenons for a table I was building.

I am left feeling that with just a little more thought, execution and materials, that this jig could be improved. The parallel bars that the mortising template sit in can result in a template that is not at 90 degrees with both bars. There's enough slop to allow it to be square with your center line at the top and easily off by 1/64" at the other end. The clamp that tightens the jig to your stock, has a tendency to lift the jig off your stock as it's tightened. You've got to watch that. Finally the tiny little white marks that you are to use to align a mark you've made on your wood are pretty hard to see and subject to parallax problems.

Overall a useful tool. Certainly for $99 to $130 per unit, the manufacturer should do better.
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