Mortising table for drill press

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Project by RCCinNC posted 01-29-2019 02:16 PM 707 views 3 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

....Someday I’ll get a dedicated mortiser. Currently, I use the mortiser that came with my drill press. I have hated this thing from day 1…set up was an extremely annoying process that involved removing my diy drill press table and then dealing with bolting the base to the cast iron table. Positioning it, with the X pattern clamp slots on the Delta was exceptionally annoying. Once set up, the mortise kit functioned fairly well, but if I wanted to widen my mortise, I had to deal with the frustrating clamping bolts and table slots again.

Seems when you use the terms “hated,” frustrating,” “annoying,” (twice, once prefaced as exceptionally so) in a single paragraph regarding a tool, it’s time to do something about it. So I created this sliding mortise table for my drill press table. Simple construction…plywood, left over Formica, some spare aluminum T-track, red oak for the edges and some knobs laying about. I used Ipe for the track glides. With leftover bearings from a ten pack I purchased to replace bearings on my Carter bandsaw guide, I made 1 1/2” clamping wheels that lock into the mortise table t-tracks, and covered them with pieces cut from an old bicycle tube. Such are the advantages of never throwing anything out! ; )

Now, it usually takes me just a few minutes to set up for a mortise on my drill press, and as an added bonus, the set up allows for quick an easy X-Y axis control. Nothing like a huge improvement from a very simple idea!

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#1 posted 01-29-2019 02:37 PM

Nice solution to the problem!

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#2 posted 01-29-2019 08:38 PM

Great jig
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#3 posted 01-30-2019 05:01 AM

Very nice!

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