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Forum topic by GT350 posted 05-06-2018 03:26 PM 985 views 0 times favorited 17 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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GT350

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05-06-2018 03:26 PM

I usually cut mortises by drilling them with my drill press then I clean the up with a chisel, this works well but is time consuming. Those of you that have mortising machines are they worth having and if so is there enough difference to get the heavier duty machine like the Powermatic 719?


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EricTwice

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#1 posted 05-06-2018 03:33 PM

If you are cutting a lot of them, yes
I only use them occasionally. I have a mortising jig for my drill press. less cost good results

-- nice recovery, They should pay extra for that mistake, Eric E.

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#2 posted 05-06-2018 03:37 PM

Maybe just make jig for your router. Then all of you need to do is square up the ends or round the ends of your tenons.

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Andre

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#3 posted 05-06-2018 03:39 PM

Kind of thinking the same thing, only usually, always chop the mortise out by hand. Takes way too long to set up the drill press rig unless I was going to do more than a dozen? I started to drill out the waste with a forstner bit then clean out the corners, speeds up the process. I keep looking for a good used machine at a reasonable price.
The Rikon with the x-y table is at Lee Valley now and is on the wish list, maybe it will follow me home one day, or perhaps their new PMV-11 mortise chisel ( same price ) may win out!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#4 posted 05-06-2018 03:59 PM

I have a Jet mortiser that comes in handy for deep mortises on residential doors, but for everyday loose tenon joinery I use the router. I ran across Philip Morley’s design a while back and built one. It works beautifully and has many of the same features of the expensive commercial jigs.

I did a project and review for it and the plans for it. Here’s a link to the project. It also contains a link to the review. Be sure to watch the video to fully understand its features and how to use it.

http://lumberjocks.com/projects/374121

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#5 posted 05-06-2018 04:06 PM



If you are cutting a lot of them, yes

- EricTwice

Ditto.

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AlaskaGuy

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#6 posted 05-06-2018 04:22 PM

In my opinion….Yes.
That being said, it depends on the person. Some hand tool guys like doing them by hand. Others find ways to do it to avoid spending money. Some of us just want to get the job done ASAP. I’m an ASAP so yeah go for one of the mortise machines. I like the horizontal mortising or the Festool Domino. That being said, I have never use a hollow chisel mortriser so I can say anything about those other that there are times where a square end mortrises are desirable.

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#7 posted 05-06-2018 04:52 PM

I have a Baileigh floor Mortise machine, I don’t use it all the time but when I need it, it’s nice to have. I bought this because I always wanted a floor mortiser so to me it is worth the investment. IT’s also nice to have the built-in hold downs and the X and Y table compared to the bench top models. If I had to do it all over I would’ve gone with the Powermatic it’s a seems to be a better machine then the Baileigh.

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Loren

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#8 posted 05-06-2018 05:29 PM

I had a Powermatic. Nice machine. I sold it
though to clear out space.

If you’re looking for time savings in woodworking
I think sanding machines may save more time
than joinery machines, depending on what you
make.

Horizontal slot mortisers can mortise the ends of
boards which can get you out of messing around
with tenoning setups most of the time.

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GT350

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#9 posted 05-06-2018 05:57 PM

I don’t mortise the ends of boards but I do make a lot of face frames and chairs that are mortise and tenon. You are correct about the sanding machine though, I have a drum sander that really helps projects.

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#10 posted 05-06-2018 06:09 PM

I have both a bench top Delta and a floor model Jet mortiser. For the arts and crafts style furniture I build, I wouldn’t be without a mortiser. A bench top mortiser will be leaps and bounds ahead of the drill press method.

If you’re churning out lots of projects, a floor model is easier on the arm and shoulder. You exert about half the effort with a floor model compared to a bench top model. I broke a few parts on my Delta pulling too hard, but it was repairable.
Good luck.

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Andre

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#11 posted 05-06-2018 06:54 PM

Forgot I had this machine! A very handy machine with many uses? Something else to consider?

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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AandCstyle

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#12 posted 05-06-2018 10:00 PM

I just sold a bench top mortiser because I started using a Domino. I have used a Powermatic floor machine and it was sweet. They are roughly comparable in cost, but the Domino seems to be a better option for me. YMMV

-- Art

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#13 posted 05-07-2018 01:30 AM

I’ve got a General International benchmount. It makes quick work of mortises. I never tried a router jig, but they are probably a good alternative.

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#14 posted 05-07-2018 01:55 AM

I think the best tool for mortising depends on what you are making. I’m working on a set of chairs right now and I’m using the Leigh FMT (a router mortiser) and it’s working great for all of the angled mortises needed.

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#15 posted 05-07-2018 02:20 AM



If you re looking for time savings in woodworking
I think sanding machines may save more time
than joinery machines, depending on what you
make.

What kind of sanding machines save time?

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