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Posted on Drill Press w/Mortising Attachment vs Stand Alone Mortiser

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#1 posted 12-07-2010 06:06 AM

My input would be to get the dedicated mortiser if the budget allows. Like you, I make lots of mortise/tennon joints and have been doing so for many years.

-Initially, I used a drill and chisel because I was just staring off.

-I then upgraded to a drill press attatchment using the hollow mortise chisels. The main yoke of the attatchement (cast iron) cracked after a limited ammout of use and even when I was using it there was a bit of an alignment issue.

-I then built a mortising machine with a linearly sliding table using a spiral up-cut router bit and router (plans and kit from shop notes). This was a great project and even better, it worked extrememly well. I then had to spend the time, like you, to square up the corners by hand but I enjoyed doing it (not very time efficient).

-I then bought a used (almost like new) JET floor standing mortiser. It works very well and is fast.

So this has been my path over 25 years and like so many other tool experiences, I ask my self “why did I not do this earlier?????” So my moral to this story is, when buying power tools, always, always, always purchase the very best tools that you can afford. I have never regretted it. I’m sure that you will make a good decision.

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