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#1 posted 08-15-2018 01:11 AM

I’m guessing the Domino wouldn’t make 3/4” mortises very easily. Probably have to move the fence to get a wider mortise. And aren’t they limited in depth capacity? Not that I would mind having one.

I tried a drill press mortiser, and like most people, I immediately saw its limitations. I bought a Delta bench top, and modified it to have an X-Y table that works very well, and toggle clamps for quickly securing and releasing the stock. Proved to be a great asset when making several hundred (small—1/2” x 1/4”, and shallow) mortises for louvered doors. The toggle clamps held strongly enough that there was no problem with lifting of the work. Oh I also used it to mortise the stiles for the rails (3 per door—36 total).

Though some machines let you rotate the head for angled mortises, all you need is to offset (rotate) the chisel when you mount it. For the louvers, the mortises had to be on a slant.

I do admire the stationary mortisers, but my budget and needs don’t justify them.

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