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Anyone used this tool? Is it accurate for butt joints for 3/4 melamine casework or closets? Any advise would be helpful. Harold.
Thanks Bill, it's been a long time since I came to see you about that design program, but we seem to touch base occasionally on this site. Everything is well here. If you ever make it down here in the winter, than please let me know. Harold.
Ive been using one for 7 months now. Ive done a few closet/book case jobs.
I have a large closet job (40 sheets melamine) where I figure I will use about 500 connectors coming up next month.
So far, I love the machine and the connectors. Very accurate if you lay out your connections properly. You have a few mm sideways movement to make sure the front edges are aligned, so if you can hit your pencil mark, you are fine.
The connectors are super strong, and besides the small access hole for the allen wrench, they are invisible.
I was looking at this thing for a while (been a Lamello user for 30 yrs) after it came out a few years back, and wish I bought it sooner. Many uses, but excells at KD case goods IMO.
The only drawback is that it takes a while to cut the connector slots (plan it out well) and the connectors are not inexpensive. However, buying in 1000 pc boxes lowers the cost, and the fact they are not visable, is a selling feature I think.
Hello, I bought one about six months back and continually find uses for it. I find it excellent for angled joinery that would be difficult to clamp. Recently made some mitred cabinet doors that had heavy chalkboard inserts, worked great. My only regret was not purchasing with the diamond tooling, as it added about $200.00 for the blade as opposed to over $300.00 if you purchase seperate.
I have had mine for about a year, it's a great tool.Like mentioned above, it makes angled joinery very easy.Great when you have pieces too big to get into doorways,.
Thanks Guys, Well, i bit the bullet and ordered one and 300 pr of the connectors. I have a large commercial job that is made of high gloss acrylic. I can buy it laid up or in veneer form and was looking for a way to avoid gluing all the cabinet sides after assembly. This tool will fit the bill perfectly and save a hugh amount of cabinet handling,spraying of contact cement and clean up. Looking forward to trying it out. Should pay for itself in a month. Harold.
You'll find you go through 300 pretty quick.
I also use the connections that snap together (tenso p-14).
Purchase the Clamex p-14 as well vs the 15. Then the settings are the same, they're cheaper prices and better for 5/8 stock.
I was told in a year the 15 will be phased out and the 14 Clamex will be the standard large size connector.
I've used lots of both and they are not really any different. The 14's are quite a bit less $$.
I can buy it laid up or in veneer form and was looking for a way to avoid gluing all the cabinet sides after assembly. This tool will fit the bill perfectly and save a hugh amount of cabinet handling,spraying of contact cement and clean up - See more at: http://www.woodweb.com/cgi-bin/forums/cabinetmaking.pl?read=781533#sthash.ZbjQKLsS
got the new machine and love it. Already assembled the project and the joints are strong and square. Should have ordered it years ago. Thanks to everyone for your advice. Harold.