Cutting Mortises With a Router: First Attempt

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Blog entry by Greg Guarino posted 06-08-2015 04:09 AM 1364 reads 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built and then repeatedly tweaked a mortising jig. So far it’s working pretty well.

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The one snag was that sawdust would occasionally get wedged between the router plate and the frame of the jig, causing the router to bind and become difficult to slide. A little care to brush away the dust periodically took care of this.

I’m making 2 tables with 4 legs apiece. But, knowing that Murphy is never far from my shop, I made 10 legs. Good thing. On the very first one I cut a mortise all the way through that was supposed to go in only halfway.


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#1 posted 06-08-2015 04:51 AM


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#2 posted 06-09-2015 05:24 PM

Nice jig—I like the under-mounted toggle clamps!

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#3 posted 06-10-2015 03:20 PM

Nice jig—I like the under-mounted toggle clamps!

- Mean_Dean

They’re very handy. Cheap too. Genuine Harbor Freight issue. I have several of them that I swap around on the jigs I make. It’s a bit of a chore to get the height set properly, but otherwise they work very well.


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