First mortise

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Blog entry by TechTeacher04 posted 03-20-2014 01:38 PM 1549 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

First impressions are high, powermatic 701 is heavy, almost 100 pounds. The lever arm is sculpted nicely and is comfortable. Action of the power head is very smooth. Can’t wait to make a panel. Mortising tip, many video show to make first cuts at end of the mortise then space them in the middle to remove the waste, this technique works great.

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#1 posted 03-20-2014 02:19 PM

and if you clean the waste from the right to the left any drift helps to clean out the mortise. At least that is what I found on my mortise machine.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#2 posted 03-20-2014 05:05 PM

I have the same machine. I like it too. I have a small shop vac that I dedicate to it. If you position the hose right where the chips fall out of the chisel you can suck up most of them.

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#3 posted 03-21-2014 12:14 AM

Looks like your chisels cut nice, clean mortise walls—that makes the joints much easier to fit, and they’re much stronger!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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