Delta Mortiser 14-651 #1: My new tool

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Blog entry by LegendInMyOwnMind posted 05-15-2011 02:13 AM 1384 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My Delta Mortising Machine, the 14-651, arrived a couple of days ago. I got it into the house by myself using a furniture dolly. Waiting for my oldest son to come visit so I can get it into the basement shop. Plan on making a dedicated table similar to my Table Saw Table and Router Table.

I like to make all of my tables so that the work surface is at the same height. That way the material handling equipment (read, rollers) doesn’t need to be adjusted between machines. The rollers I have are Harbor Freight and they are really hard to adjust since they need to be locked down tight in order to not slip. Has anyone figured out what needs to be done to a Harbor Freight roller?

Read through the manual and I can’t find much about table mounting. The manual does show that there are two mounting holes, one on each side of the base. There is no recommended footprint for mounting so I guess I will need to measure what is needed. My other tables have the same sized top and can be interchanged.

There is also nothing about how high up the work surface is from the bottom of the unit. Again, I will need to measure.

Here is what is inside the box:

-- Doug - When all you own is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

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#1 posted 05-15-2011 06:20 AM

i have 2 of those rollers and i love them adjusting in not a problem also i made some wheeled tables for my plane , bandsaw and miter saw . i bought h.b. freights furniture mover dolly (3of them) AND USED then for the base only because of the caster .seperate casters would have cost more then the cart and you have a ready built base. they are not the best casters but they roll my stuff out of the way

-- rick

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#2 posted 05-15-2011 11:58 AM

@Auggy – It’s probably variable. One of my rollers works OK and the other one sucks, Probably need to bend something to make it work better. If I figure it out I will post it since knowing Harbor Freight I’m sure others got lemon rollers.

I like the furniture dolly and also realized that the dolly is cheaper than the cost of the four casters. They are not locking so they would only work so well. Then again, I’ve never had to lock my casters so the design may be OK as is without locking casters. My design philosophy is to put the casters on the opposite side of the material inlet direction. Not a big deal for anything other than the router table. I put the casters only on the right side since the material goes left to right across the table. If I want to move them I just pick up one end. Not as easy as casters on all sides, but it never rolls on me when I’m feeding thought material that requires some “push”.

-- Doug - When all you own is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

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