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New General jig offers a faster work process

General Tools & Instruments launched its new Professional Face Frame Jig System, model 8562, at IWF 2014 in Atlanta. The one-of-a-kind system allows clamping, drilling and fastening in one simple setup, according to the company.

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Product manager Chris Edwards says the jig is a significant timesaver.

“The normal face frame jig systems involve a pocket-hole jig where you have to put your wood into a pocket-hole jig and cut your pocket hole. Then you have to take your wood out of that pocket-hole jig, put it onto a table and clamp it down and put your fasteners in and connect it all,” Edwards says.

“This new jig allows you to do all three operations at once. Basically you clamp it down, you drill it and then you fasten it all in one position. So it cuts down the taking the wood out of one jig and then putting it down on the table to do the second operation. Wood frame and door components can be aligned, securely clamped, bored for pocket holes and screwed together in one operation.

The jig system accommodates stock from 1-1/4” to 2-1/2” wide and 3/4” to 1” thick. It offers a pocket hole spacing adjustment from 3/4” to 1-1/2”.

The system sells as a kit for $199, which includes two 20” slotted T-track rails, two pre-assembled Clamp Mount Jigs, two cam-locking carriage stop clamps, drill bit and a pack of 100 1-1/4” fasteners.

All components can be purchased separately to create a production line setup.

Contact: General Tools & Instruments. Tel: 800-697-8665.

This article originally appeared in the September 2014 issue.

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