Bragging #1: Finally Getting a Mortiser

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Blog entry by brianl posted 04-18-2010 03:48 PM 2506 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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When I started woodworking last year I was doing mortising with a cordless drill and a cheap set of chisels. Based on the advice of my fellow lumberjocks I eventually tried using a plunge router with a spiral upcut bit, still cleaning up the edges and corners with a chisel. Then, the other day I was browsing craigslist and saw an ad for a Jet Mortiser for $140. I quickly called and drove out to see it.

Mortiser on stand

The mortiser was in pristine condition, only used once and came with three chisels. The guy that was selling it had decided he didn’t like a benchtop model and upgraded to a floor model.

CLoseup of the Mortiser

-- Brian - Belmont, Massachusetts

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#1 posted 04-18-2010 03:53 PM

We have that same mortiser. Ben having trouble with bad tearout in the back though, May need to sharpen the chisels….hmmm….

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#2 posted 04-18-2010 04:41 PM

I’ve been looking at Delta model 14-651 looks like about the same machine for about double the money. I’d say you got a pretty good deal.

-- Dave from "The Sawdust Shed"

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#3 posted 04-18-2010 05:20 PM

I just got a used woodtek. Bench mount. Came with bits. The tendon machine for the table saw came with it. It is great compared to my drill press and chisels. It, as with yours, was in new condition. I gave $250 for them.

-- If you dont like the weather in Wyoming just wait five minutes.

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#4 posted 04-18-2010 08:35 PM

nice score

-- -erik & christy-

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#5 posted 04-18-2010 08:48 PM

Nice score.

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#6 posted 04-18-2010 09:02 PM

you got a good deal
now make something

-- Emmett, from Georgia

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#7 posted 04-19-2010 02:09 AM

Nice. I’ve been happy doing mortises with my drill press/chisels, though I’d probably spring for a good set of mortising chisels over the power mortiser myself – but at that price it’d be a close call.

-- The difference between being defeated and admitting defeat is what makes all the difference in the world - Upton Sinclair, "The Jungle"

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#8 posted 04-19-2010 04:50 PM

I did hand mortising on ONE project, which was enough for me. I ended up getting a Delta model, very similar, which works much better/quicker/more accurate then by hand. If I made furniture full time I’d be apt to upgrade to one with more features, but the one I have will get me by until that point.

-- Jeremy - Marshfield, WI

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#9 posted 05-21-2010 06:31 AM

The first few times I used it I was actually unhappy with the results. It was very difficult to keep the lines of the mortise straight. I started worrying that I had made a bad purchase. However, after a few tries I finally got the hang of it. Now I can crank out a mortise in no time. It is amazing how quick it is compared to he router-chisel method.

-- Brian - Belmont, Massachusetts

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#10 posted 05-21-2010 06:35 AM


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