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Offline Steve-CO

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Zip Slot Mortise Mill
« on: September 04, 2008, 05:30 PM »
Anyone seen the new Zip Slot Mortise Mill from JessEm?  Probably not as quick and easy to use as the Domino, but for 1/3 of the price might offer some competition.

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Offline fidelfs

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Re: Zip Slot Mortise Mill
« Reply #1 on: September 05, 2008, 07:51 AM »
There is another one.  It is called Mortise Pal
and you can see it in Mortise Pal
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It is even cheaper and faster than than Zip Slot Mortise Mill because it uses a Router not a drill.  I guess the Domino made the loose tenon very popular.  ;D
There is never a situation where it can't be done with the right hand tool - even though it may be a lot more work.

Offline Matthew Schenker

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Re: Zip Slot Mortise Mill
« Reply #2 on: September 05, 2008, 10:49 AM »
Good Morning,
I was just reading about the Zip Slot Mortise Mill.  I'm a little confused about how you actually run it.  Guess I'll have to go see it live!
But it definitely seems interesting.
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Offline Steve-CO

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Re: Zip Slot Mortise Mill
« Reply #3 on: September 05, 2008, 10:57 AM »
I was hoping to see it action somewhere on the web, JessEm doesn't even have it on their site yet.  Maybe John L will get one to review.

Offline woodshopdemos

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Re: Zip Slot Mortise Mill
« Reply #4 on: September 05, 2008, 02:01 PM »
Steve, Yes I have one coming but evidently they are behind in run. I went to Woodcraft yesterday too see it...not there yet. Back ordered.

Fidelfs - not the same - Mortise Pal is a nice jig and I presently have it for review. I think not I will wait and have review of loose tenons to include : the Jessem unit, Mortise Pal and Rockler beadLOCK -- and of course Domino.
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Offline John Stegall

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Re: Zip Slot Mortise Mill
« Reply #5 on: September 10, 2008, 08:14 AM »
I have a similar unit that I have not seen for sale for over ten years. It worked okay but no where near as fast as the domino which I have had for about a year. I did more work with the dom than any other method and did it much faster. Every one wants to tell you how easy theirs is to set up, but my experience is different. If I did not have the domino, I would simply go back to drilling out and using a chisel to clean up.

I do realize that others may not need the speed but I do and the accuracy. I repaired a door by adding a new stile and I was hanging the door within an hour after starting.

Offline greg mann

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Re: Zip Slot Mortise Mill
« Reply #6 on: September 10, 2008, 12:25 PM »

You bring up a good point about the Domino. That is, using it 'outside the box' as it were. There are so many ways this tool can be used to solve problems. I made a table for a small jointer from salvaged pallet wood, probably ash, using the Domino for all the joinery. Nothing new there. Then I wanted to make a new stand for a router table using plywood instead. Again, no big deal, but the joinery is exactly the same. The table is made from 3/4 plywood cut into 3.25 and 4 inch strips joined along the edges to create strong legs. They are splayed at 5 degrees for stability and visual appeal. Plywood apron and stretchers hold it all together. Check that. Dominos hold it all together.  ;D The design and material sizes are exactly the same for both projects. Just the overall dimensions are different. One is solid hardwood, the other is ply.

Both are rigid way beyond my expectations and there is not a pocket screw to be seen. Mortice and tenon joinery brought to plywood as easily as it is to traditional solid hardwood.

I love my Domino.  :) :)
Greg Mann
Oakland, Michigan