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#1 posted 07-28-2020 03:03 PM

Making LOTS of Stickley spindle side Morris chairs, tables, beds and ottomans, I switched to a HF bench top. That lasted about a week. I went all in with a PM dedicated mortise, XY tables and solid clamp system. It is heavy, sturdy and does the job. The hold down feature and the XY table are nice. My gripe is that the cabinet floor model is NOT a working height. So, you either sit at an uncomfortable height or stand at a really uncomfortable position. And, you will need to get up and down to adjust stock and set the mortise. If I had space I would take the PM off the cabinet and mount it to a bench. Sadly, not enough space to do that. I agree with the sharp chisels. A wise person once told me and continues to tell me: Spend the most on what you use the most. I used the PM mortise LOTS so it was one of the few higher cost purchases. Best.

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