Mortises on the router

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Blog entry by Bob #2 posted 11-16-2010 04:32 PM 2650 reads 2 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As usual, I’m looking for an easier way to do a task when I’m woodworking.
Every so often I find myself needing to do more to some mortise and tenon joinery and have often thought that I wanted a dedicated mortiser.
My first big problem is I simply don’t have room for another machine in my shop the second problem is I’m basically lazy and I just hate ten minute set ups for 5 minute jobs.
I was reading Bill Hiltons great book on using the router and I noticed that he had shown the router set up with two fences. Eureka!
I have two fences!

I skipped out to the shop and grabbed a couple of pieces from the scrap pile and milled and faced them.

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#1 posted 11-16-2010 04:39 PM

Soory folks on part of the blog is being shown on the page.

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#2 posted 11-16-2010 04:59 PM

thats a really cool idea Bob.

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#3 posted 11-16-2010 05:06 PM

Thank you Bob.

-- Bert

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#4 posted 11-16-2010 06:15 PM

Very clever, Bob.

I just knew you were the thinking type!


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#5 posted 11-16-2010 06:24 PM

Lee: Most of the credit is due Bill Hylton. That guy is really outside the box and still very practicle.
I’m trying to figure out a simple stop for this rig so you could repeat the set up on multiples without measuring agian. (e.g. table legs)
Told you I was lazy. <g>

Thanks Bert and Sharon

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#6 posted 11-16-2010 06:52 PM

BIG fan of the Hylton book. Between him and Pat Warner … I see the Path ahead, for my router use.

Purty job on the mortises, there, Bob. All I could do, as I flipped through the pics, was to cheer you on :-)

-- -- Neil

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#7 posted 11-16-2010 08:26 PM

Bob, Great show and tell. I loved it. When I built my first screen door I made a similar jig and found the hardest part, like you was the stops. The mortise in the middle was no problem. Just two clamps for stops, but for the ends and the ends of the rails that was another story.
I finally used two pieces of 1/4 ply and a drop off of the same thickness as the parent material. I was able to clamp the stops to this. But I need to work out a better way, too. Maybe we can steal Kent’s adjustable stop on his mortise jig. Don’t tell him. lol Rand

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#8 posted 11-16-2010 08:52 PM

Thanks Rand.
I am thinking something like an angle iron clamp with an adjustable threaded screw welded on it that reaches back to the plate on the router.
I’ll probably prototype some thing this week end.

Neil- With those two fellas in tow a guy can build a lot of neat accurate stuff.
I love a well written book! These series are!

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#9 posted 11-16-2010 09:49 PM

super simple Tip – thanks for posting

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#10 posted 11-16-2010 11:12 PM

Very good tip Bob…thanks

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#11 posted 11-17-2010 12:20 AM

Great idea Bob – one of those things that makes you slap your forehead and wonder why you hadn’t thought of that before. I want to know who’s tools you borrowed “RG” lol

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#12 posted 11-17-2010 01:14 AM

HI Bruce:
Who is RG?
I have wondered that myself.
I bought one of these from Princess auto and used it for the rough stuff around here assuming it would not be accurate enough for much else. In truth it isn’t all that good and wanders a couple of thousandths more than I like when you plunge it. But for trimming a 2×6 or leveling a blank for my lathe…Hey i t’s o.K..
The short story is a friend of mine who lives out of the City wanted to get one for similar jobs.
I go back to P/A and they have 3 returns sitting there for $25.00 each.
I got one and one for my pal.
R.G. Eat your heart out. ;-)
This one runs fine once you adjust the tension on the plunge mechanism.

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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