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#1 posted 11-12-2018 03:16 PM

Starting out I would not buy a “mortising system” if by this you are referring to a horizontal or vertical mortiser. In general avoid buying dedicated machines is a good idea until you really get your feet wet.

As mentioned there are many ways to do them I suggest looking at the tools you already have, for example, if you have a router, then do them with a router until you get experienced with that, then you can switch to another technique and try that.

If you have a table saw, you can do very accurate tenons with a dado blade.

That said, some type of shoulder or rabbet block plane are indispensable tools for fine tuning the fit.

If you decide to use hand tools, buy a good quality saw and mortising chisel. The worst thing you can do at this point is buy cheap, poor quality hand tools.

Good luck!

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