(New York, NY) Known among woodworkers as the “King of Joints,” the mortise & tenon joint is still extensively used even after 4,000 years. History offers examples of this joint in ancient Egyptian, European and Chinese construction. But until now, no one has figured out a way to provide a quick and easy, all-in-one solution to cut both a matching mortise and tenon with a single inexpensive jig suitable for both the professional and the DIYer.

General Tools & Instruments is proud to announce its latest innovation in its series of affordable, easy-to-use wood-joining jigs, the E•Z ProTM Mortise & Tenon Jig (Model 870) (Patent Pending). This new jig will be debuted at the International Woodworking Fair, August 25- 28, 2010 at the Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, GA. The Mortise & Tenon Jig is the latest entry in General’s line of innovative, user friendly, E•Z ProTM wood joining jigs. The line also includes the Dovetail jig, the Pocket Hole Jig, and the Doweling Jig.

The E•Z ProTM Mortise & Tenon Jig comes completely assembled and ready to use right out-of-the-box to produce the widely used 1/4" mortise and tenon joint. An optional kit is available containing inserts, bits and collars for producing 3/8" and 1/2" joints. Using a plunge router with the jig, woodworkers can quickly and easily cut fully aligned mortises and tenons ranging from1/4" to 1/2" inch thick and from 1 to 3 inches wide. The unit can easily handle stock ranging from 1/2" to 1½" inches thick and can cut multiple mortises in a single long piece. The unit can be mounted directly on a workbench or onto a board that can be clamped in a vise or to a bench.

The complete E•Z Pro Mortise & Tenon Jig includes the following: the ruggedly constructed, solid T6 Aircraft grade, hardened aluminum jig featuring a convenient thumb-screw arrangement for mounting your work, sliding templates to adjust the length of the joint and a novel “swing-arm” feature for centering and aligning your cuts; a quick-change guide-sleeve assembly with a 1/4" sleeve that mounts on your router and allows you to cut 1/4" joints; a wrench for the guide sleeve; a centering pin and a 1/4" up-cut spiral carbide bit. In other words—the kit has everything you need to start cutting 1/4" mortise & tenon joints. Professional woodworkers and hobbyists will both appreciate the simplicity and convenience of The Mortise & Tenon Jig and in no time, you’ll be making joints for cabinets, furniture and frames.

About General Tools & Instruments Company
Headquartered in New York City for nearly 90 years, General Tools & Instruments is the leader in precision specialty hand tools and instruments. Its recent product developments and corporate acquisitions have expanded General’s woodworking product line to include a full array of wood joining jigs and accessories. General’s woodworking products are widely used by professionals and DIYers alike in the woodworking industry. www.generaltools.com

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