A Unique, Powerful Machine For Every Jointing Task
The WoodRat was developed to solve all the inherent problems of a dovetail jig. Now you can make superb, elegant, super-strong Dovetails bigger, smaller and with more variations than ever before. No dovetail jig comes close.
This incredible Machine will also create excellent Mortise and Tenons, Sliding Dovetails, Dowel Joints, Dado Joints, Lap Joints, Raised Panels, Halving Joints, Bridle Joints as well as fantastic miniature Finger Joints and more. It also performs all your router table tasks such as Decorative Profiles and Grooves.
Now routing is a pleasure and a real creative journey. Instead of a complicated array of jigs, you have one intuitive machine for every jointing task - simple or complex.
Absolute Control With Pin-Point Accuracy
The router can be moved back and forth and it can be stopped at any distance from the machine face. Wood, clamped onto the sliding bar, can be tracked left or right with pinpoint accuracy using the handle.
Cutting on the X and Y axis forms the basis of nearly all jointing operations. The Z axis is given by the plunge of the router which is mounted the right way up with all the controls easily visible and accessible. You even get a clear view of every cut.
The WoodRat uses no templates. This means that you’re not asked to pay more money every time you need a different setting or a new joint. You decide how big the joints are and where they go. You are in complete control.
Easy To Use
Just clamp the wood in and cut. It's that simple. The manual guides you step by step through all the main jointing operations, getting you up to speed quickly and easily. There's lot you can learn, but it's not complicated. Ratting is "hands-on" great fun!
The router is tool that demands respect. One slip can ruin your work or even cause serious injury. Bolted in the 'Rat is one of the safest place's it can be used. It is safely housed until brought forward for a cut. Your hands stay well away from the bit, making it ideal for the beginner.
The WoodRat is not a cheap tool, it's a professional quality Machine made in Great Britain. However, buy a WoodRat and you wont need a Dovetail Jig, M&T Jig or Router Table. A dramatic saving overall.
The basis for the WoodRat is a rock-solid, precision engineered aluminum chassis. Other parts are robust synthetic laminate and glass-reinforced nylon. It's ultra-reliable and ready for the rigors of daily use in a commercial workshop. And it looks great too.
More Unique Features
• Utilizes any router
• The Manual Powerfeed means no breakout
• It's compact and fits on the wall of the smallest workshop
• Dust extraction is easy to fit, so your lungs don't suffer
No Risk Guarantee
The WoodRat comes with a clear and detailed manual and a no quibble guarantee. Try the WoodRat for 28 days. If for any reason you are not fully satisfied, give us a call and we'll arrange collection. We'll even arrange for return shipping as well as refund your entire purchase price.
At last you can de-clutter your workshop. The WoodRat is your tool for every jointing task.
Acts as a router table, but the right way up. Handfeed or powerfeed. Raise panels.
Quick and easy. Beats the router table hands down.
Perfect square tenons, breakout-free in seconds.
Using the plunge of your router. ideal for delicate work.
The widest range and the most elegant shape with variable spacing.
With no guidebush, you get a clear view of your cut.
The WR5 makes dovetails in stock up to 2" thick
3 Way showcase joint. The WoodRat makes the simple joints ad complicated ones as well
| A Router Table - The Right Way Up
The WoodRat acts as a router table, profiling any length of work with the advantage of having the router the right way up. Now it's easy and comfortable to set your router and to see your cut.
This means you can create all your decorative and funtional profi les, grooves and rabetts. And loosing that router table frees up much needed space.
To keep the wood against the fence, the 'Rat uses a simple brush, acting as a featherboard, clamped beneath the cutter. This allows variable pressure and no kick back. It's low-tech, b ut it works very well. You can use all your existing bits except for large horizonal panel raisers. The WoodRat raises panels using vertical bits with the wood clamped upright.
“Impressively precise.. offers exceptional cutter control”
Fine Woodworking“It is an extremely clever instrument, having both precision and finesse.”Michael Williams (Customer)
Mortises & Tenons Without The Hassle
The 'Rat is both a Mortiser and a Tenoner. Because there's no machine bed, Mortises can be carefully placed in all kinds of awkward pieces. Add the PlungeBar (sold separately) and you can easily plunge a row of neat holes and then track the wood to make a slot mortise. A simple shop-made Mortise Rail holds the wood horizontal across the machine. Or, you can opt for theAluminium Mortise Rail with added features.
Tenons are a WoodRat specialty, deep, square and breakout free. The 'Rats manual powerfeed gives the wood to the cutter on the down-cut, giving a perfect edge to every joint. The size of tenon is set using simple stops so accuracy and repeatability are assured. Forget, M&T jigs, Router Tables and Band Saws, the 'Rat wins hands down.
"I'm producing accurate tenons with the cleanest shoulders this side of woodwork heaven, neat mortises, elegant dovetails etc. etc. A great way to tame the beast that is an unharnessed route r.”
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“For me the WoodRat would pay for itself used solely for tenoning”
Paul Richardson, American Router
| Beautiful Dovetails You Control
As well as being the best way to joint two boards, Dovetails are the perhaps the most elegant and pleasing of all joints. Maybe that's why they've been used for more than 4000 years! Unfortunately, todays range of dovetail jigs do them little justice. For the most part, they look machine made and there are countlesss restrictions on how the joint is laid out and what wood can be used.
Not so with the WoodRat. You can now make any kind of dovetail, through, lapped or secret, using our fine HSS bits to make a joint any craftsman would be proud of. We use a unquiqe method of left-right registration where the tail sockets become a templatre for the pins. Thus you get 100% accuracy, repeatability and there are no teplates to buy, no fingers to adjust and no guidebushes. You can put your joints anywhere you like. You can join wafer thin boards with tiny dovetails or 2" x 30" boards with massive dovetails.
If you are serious about making dovetails, the WoodRat is your clear choice.
“An excellent dovetailer capable of producing the finest joints”
Andy Standing, The Woodworker
“I am blown away with your creation. It is by a long way the best routing and dovetailing platform that I have ever come across.”
Victor Ravensdale (Customer)
The Biggest and the smallest WoodRat dovetails.
A very large array of sizes can be created with the WoodRat, and the layout of the pins need not be uniform, you can create any layout you wish with the WoodRat unlike fixed finger jigs. The WoodRat allows your creativity to shine through. Make joinery YOUR way. Not the way some tool manufacture thinks you want to make it. Also unlike many other dovetail system, you need not buy expensive templates when you want to vary your design. The WoodRat allows you the flexability to adjust things how you see fit.
Drawer-Front Dovetails Look Hand Cut
Pull out a door from an antique chest and you'll probably see a charming row of ultra-fine hand-cut dovetails. Compare these to the blocky joints in a modern mass-produced drawer and the difference is clear, but who has time to hand-cut dovetails?
Now you can have the best of both worlds. Fine elegant joints with the speed of a jig. The WoodRat is the only machine to make drawer-front dovetails that closely match classic hand-cut needle-pins.
The sides can b e cut in batches for mass production runs (shown left).
“Money spent will be returned in spades”
“I am completely thrilled with it. It is a very impressive machine and the ideas of things I can do with it are piling up in my head, I can't explore them fast enough.
Dennis Tudman (Customer)
“Thank you for the WoodRat. I love it.”
Duncan Buchanan (Customer)
The WoodRat 600
The WR600 is a shorter version of the WR900, but it still offers total control and full jointing capabilities.
It comes with a manual, raising plate, alu guide rails, parallelogram and profiling brush - everything you need to get jointing. There is also a no quibble 28 day guarantee. If you don't like it for any reason we will give a full refund.
(Shown with router and plungebar (sold seperetly)
• Musclechuck (quick change collet)
• Mitre Box (for mitered cuts)
• Cutter Set 1 or 2 (quality HSS bits)
• PlungeBar (for easy morticing)
• MR4 Mortice Rail (the ultimate mortising carriage)
• Diamond Whetsone (perfect for sharpening HSS)
The WoodRat 900
The WoodRat 900 now has a new improved chassis and sliding bar, with t-slots for added functionality. It comes with a full Manual, Raising Plates, Alu Guide Rails, Parallelogram, Profiling Brush and Silicone Lubricant - everything you need to get jointing. There is also a no quibble 28 day guarantee.
• Cutter Set
• MR4 Mortice Rail
• Diamond Whetsone