Horizontal Mortise Machine (build)

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Project by woodshaver Tony C posted 12-17-2012 03:10 PM 77921 views 61 times favorited 52 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just finished building this Horizontal Mortise Machine using Matthias Wandel’s plan on
It took me a couple of weeks to build and I’m happy with the outcome. I made a few test cuts (mortise and tendon’s) and the machine was very accurate. The screw has 16 threads per inch and the counter had 32 notches so each turn is 1/16” so once around the counter = 2”. 4 turns = 1/4” and so on. It’s a nice little system!
I found a brand new never opened 2 1/4 HP Porter Cable Router on Craigslist for $100 bucks and used it to power the machine.
Thanks for looking!
Link to short video
More Photos here

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#1 posted 12-17-2012 03:34 PM

Looks good, I subscribe to They have some neat ideas.

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#2 posted 12-17-2012 03:46 PM

Tony that looks like a well built machine. I like the main frame and riser mechanism. The wood selection and finish shows the excellent effort you put into it. I know the router is clamped into a “V”. Is the shape of the router such that it will not creaping back on a heavy cut? Well done. Be sure to shows its use.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#3 posted 12-17-2012 03:49 PM

Well done! Nice attention to detail.

-- Chuck near Nashville - “All you are unable to give possesses you” (Andre Gide)

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#4 posted 12-17-2012 03:51 PM

Thanks guys!
When I get a chance to build something with it I will post a video of it in use here on LJ’s.

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#5 posted 12-17-2012 04:02 PM

Well, now you did it. You built a Mathias Wandel machine with excellent results. It’s going to be like the potato chip commercial says ”bet you can’t eat just one” Only with you I”bet you can’t build just one.” :)

Excellent craftsmanship Tony it really shows. But then again I never expect anything less from you. Wear the slot mortiser out my friend.

Did you have any trouble with the brass guide bushing sticking?

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#6 posted 12-17-2012 04:07 PM

That is a thing of art, your workmanship is amazing.
Your yard looks nice too.

-- Jerry - Ohio

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#7 posted 12-17-2012 04:12 PM

Great job!

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#8 posted 12-17-2012 04:15 PM

Great job Tony.I had a shop made mortiser for years they work well.

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#9 posted 12-17-2012 04:19 PM

Thanks guys!

Jerry, Thanks for the “Yard compliment’ I work just as hard on that too!!! LOL!!

Lee, When I bought the bushing I got a few extra and I’m glad I did. one was very tight and didn’t slide smoothly. But the two I did use worked very nicely, no binding at all. When I bought the plan Matthias included a second pland for a nice Quick-set tenon jig for the table saw, I may build that next.

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#10 posted 12-17-2012 05:20 PM

This is an inspiration for me. To push myself to the limits and do something like this.

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#11 posted 12-17-2012 06:21 PM

An excellent build and it seems to do the business really well. I also enjoyed seeing bits of your beautiful garden. Makes we want to move to Florida immediately!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#12 posted 12-17-2012 07:06 PM

Hey Woody,
A very nice project. One that I will definately take a stab at.
Thank You,

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#13 posted 12-17-2012 07:36 PM

Nice build – very nice.
It looks like a bit of love went into it. That usually means it will work nice too.

I am impressed.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#14 posted 12-17-2012 08:16 PM


Great Project, and result.

I’ve purchased the Pantorouter plans; have discussed some alternations with Matthias; and will begin the build beginning January – I’m awaiting a new bandsaw. The Pantorouter should be an interesting challenge.

Let us know your experiences with this.

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#15 posted 12-17-2012 08:27 PM

Awesome looking machine! That will come in really handy, and your build quality is top notch.

-- Rex

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