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JessEm Clear-Cut Precision Stock Guides for Router Table $90 (Less w/ SD Cashback) + free s/h at Focus Camera

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Featherboards are a great tool for holding your stock and preventing kickback, but they do have their limitations. The JessEm Clear-Cut Stock Guides can overcome these limitations. This set includes one infeed roller and one outfeed roller, which are mounted on a 5° angle effectively steering your stock towards your fence. This angle placement aids in holding the stock with more when it tried to move against the direction of the feed for safer, smoother, and more precise cuts.
  • Guide rollers are mounted on a 5-degree angle
  • Grip force rollers hold your stock securely in position
  • Guides have 2-3/4 inch of total adjustment
  • Lock into position along the fence with a pivot knob
  • Height can be adjusted via a clamping knob
  • Rollers spin in the direction of the feed
  • Set up is fast and easy

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Love these guides! Got em on my router table and the table saw version on my cabinet saw. They both work great! Jessem makes very good stuff!
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These were $80 as recently as last fall. $90 is a decent price that will come back around again, either through Focus or Woodcraft, if you want to take the chance on a lower price.
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Jessem has been a waste of money for me... These, and the router lift were the 2 biggest disappointments.

I had used items called "Board Buddies" and while they're amazing, and inexpensive they're really huge.

So I ended up making my own, and they've been great so far.

No offense to anyone, but I guess if you've never used other items similar to Jessem' then their items might seem great.

In reality, these should be around $40 as they're not very durable.

I suppose at the end of the day, it's my fault. I keep buying the things these woodworking companies thinking they seem like great ideas, and they often are great ideas, but executed poorly and cheaply.
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Jessem has been a waste of money for me... These, and the router lift were the 2 biggest disappointments.

I had used items called "Board Buddies" and while they're amazing, and inexpensive they're really huge.

So I ended up making my own, and they've been great so far.

No offense to anyone, but I guess if you've never used other items similar to Jessem' then their items might seem great.

In reality, these should be around $40 as they're not very durable.

I suppose at the end of the day, it's my fault. I keep buying the things these woodworking companies thinking they seem like great ideas, and they often are great ideas, but executed poorly and cheaply.
I think you might be the first person to say that Jessem items are not durable.
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I think you might be the first person to say that Jessem items are not durable.
I'm definitely not the first to say it. Lol. I should've listened to others that warned me before I threw several hundred at JessEm years ago (but, I got them at cost, so I figured "go big" lol).

Guides like this aren't a new concept. They could just be charging a lot because people will buy it (like certain other overpriced "red" brands that Peck upon Wood lol) because it fits the "I am woodworker. I make epoxy river tables" lmao jk. 🤣

I suppose that in the modern disposable world *Stares at Kreg with Murderous Intent * that people don't seem to care much about how well a product does over time vs the price paid (or theyve simply grown numb to it, and its the woodworkers version of being a 15 year old girl wanting a New Updated Iphone every year. But for myself, I know that I could make these in a hour or two and it would be $30-$40 in total AND be more durable/functional.

So it's really just an overpriced copy of a system that's been around for decades already.

At the end of the day, it's about value. And at this price, it becomes more about recognition, than quality. JessEm should either make their products at higher quality, or lower their prices. Or, at least give them a unique feature that makes them worth it.
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I'm definitely not the first to say it. Lol. I should've listened to others that warned me before I threw several hundred at JessEm years ago (but, I got them at cost, so I figured "go big" lol).

Guides like this aren't a new concept. They could just be charging a lot because people will buy it (like certain other overpriced "red" brands that Peck upon Wood lol) because it fits the "I am woodworker. I make epoxy river tables" lmao jk. 🤣

I suppose that in the modern disposable world *Stares at Kreg with Murderous Intent * that people don't seem to care much about how well a product does over time vs the price paid (or theyve simply grown numb to it, and its the woodworkers version of being a 15 year old girl wanting a New Updated Iphone every year. But for myself, I know that I could make these in a hour or two and it would be $30-$40 in total AND be more durable/functional.

So it's really just an overpriced copy of a system that's been around for decades already.

At the end of the day, it's about value. And at this price, it becomes more about recognition, than quality. JessEm should either make their products at higher quality, or lower their prices. Or, at least give them a unique feature that makes them worth it.
I've literally run thousands of board feet through my cabinet saw with the JessEm guides on the fence and they are as good as new. Not sure what you're talking about. I guess YMMV?
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I've literally run thousands of board feet through my cabinet saw with the JessEm guides on the fence and they are as good as new. Not sure what you're talking about. I guess YMMV?
I'll 2nd that. I have both these router table guides and also the table saw guides and both are invaluable I still use feather boards in conjunction with the router guides and I've never had an issue. I don't get how these are not durable. As for the router lift, I can't comment on Jessem but I'm assuming it's of good quality (I have the Incra lift).
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I'll 2nd that. I have both these router table guides and also the table saw guides and both are invaluable I still use feather boards in conjunction with the router guides and I've never had an issue. I don't get how these are not durable. As for the router lift, I can't comment on Jessem but I'm assuming it's of good quality (I have the Incra lift).
That's his brand. Popping into these threads, specifically Jessem for whatever reason, spouting contrarian nonsense. The funny part is you can go back and peruse previous threads to find his glowing reviews of this exact product. A couple other guys do it too, Incra is another brand. Seems like they have nothing better to do.
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Jessem has been a waste of money for me... These, and the router lift were the 2 biggest disappointments.

I had used items called "Board Buddies" and while they're amazing, and inexpensive they're really huge.

So I ended up making my own, and they've been great so far.

No offense to anyone, but I guess if you've never used other items similar to Jessem' then their items might seem great.

In reality, these should be around $40 as they're not very durable.

I suppose at the end of the day, it's my fault. I keep buying the things these woodworking companies thinking they seem like great ideas, and they often are great ideas, but executed poorly and cheaply.
Jessem router lifts are best in class. If you find them a waste of money Im dying to hear what is considered better by your standards.
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I'll never understand the Jessem hate on slickdeals. I'll be the first to agree that woodworking companies pump out a lot of gimmicky tools that seem like the perfect way to speed things up or overcome obstacles in the shop and end up being poorly made garbage that create more problems than they solve.

But maaaaan from the moment I opened my TS stock guides, it was just obvious from the weight, the engineering, the materials, and the clearly written instructions that they were the real deal. They do everything I hoped they would do and with zero adjustment, extra jigs, fiddling, etc. I haven't tried the router table guides, but I guarantee from the level of finish on the bigger guides that Jessem does not mess around.
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Quote from IncompletePerfect :
Jessem has been a waste of money for me... These, and the router lift were the 2 biggest disappointments.

I had used items called "Board Buddies" and while they're amazing, and inexpensive they're really huge.

So I ended up making my own, and they've been great so far.

No offense to anyone, but I guess if you've never used other items similar to Jessem' then their items might seem great.

In reality, these should be around $40 as they're not very durable.

I suppose at the end of the day, it's my fault. I keep buying the things these woodworking companies thinking they seem like great ideas, and they often are great ideas, but executed poorly and cheaply.
Sounds like you bought some knock off spelled Jesummmm or something lol.

Seriously, first person I've ever heard say anything bad about these.
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Sounds like you bought some knock off spelled Jesummmm or something lol.

Seriously, first person I've ever heard say anything bad about these.
Jessum is short for "Jessum good as Jessem". A common theme on SD. Wait until a rice cooker deal pops up for the real fun 🍿
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I've literally run thousands of board feet through my cabinet saw with the JessEm guides on the fence and they are as good as new. Not sure what you're talking about. I guess YMMV?
I'm with you on this. I own both the router and table saw version of the JessEm guides and love them! For a one man shop, I find the guides invaluable as they do three functions:
1. Keep workpiece against fence
2. Press workpiece down on the table
3. Prevent kickback

From ripping boards to cutting detailed pieces, these are a win in my book. I paid full price for the table saw guides and got the router one for $90 at woodcraft and don't regret the purchase at all.
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So are you getting the whole table top and fence part??
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