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

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#1 posted 12-07-2010 06:05 PM

Definitely dedicated. Reconfiguration is the reason that you don’t see ShopSmiths used(as they are advertised) in too many shops across the country. They work for just a few but from what I’ve seen, folks generally keep them set up for a single task and leave them that way. No, I’m not bashing ShopSmith, from what I’ve seen they are good machines. They(like cobbling a mortiser to your DP) just don’t fit the ‘methods’ of the typical woodworker.

As for the mortiser… I’d strongly suggest building a horizontal router instead.

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