Patent Number: 6,612,349

Title: Plate joiner

Abstract: A plate joiner including a fence support, a drive, and a fence system. Thefence support includes a cutter and a contact surface, which defines acutter slot. The cutter is arranged and configured to protrude from fencesupport through cutter slot to make a plunge cut into a surface of aworkpiece when the contact surface is pressed against the surface and thecutter is plunged into the workpiece by pushing on a rearward handleportion of the tool. The drive is arranged and configured to rotatablydrive the cutter through a motor. As shown in the drawings a preferredfence system includes an angle adjustment system arranged and configuredto position the fence at a wide range of fence angles and, at any selecteddistance from a top face of the workpiece to the fence, the distance fromthe top face of the workpiece to the cutter remains constant as the frontfence angle is adjusted. A preferred fence system includes a trunnionwhich pivotally couples the front fence to the fence system. A preferredfence system also includes an angle segment member, which has two slotsused to position the fence in two ranges of fence angles.

Inventors: Smith; John C. (Jackson, TN), Clowers; Earl R. (Jackson, TN)


International Classification: B27F 5/02 (20060101); B27F 5/00 (20060101); B27C 005/10 ()

Expiration Date: 09/02015