The Coolidge Chronicles #8: Part 2 of 2 - Assembling Shop Fox W1743 Mutant Mortiser

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Blog entry by darthford posted 11-25-2013 08:46 AM 1840 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 7: Part 1 of 2 - Assembling Shop Fox W1743 Mutant Mortiser Part 8 of The Coolidge Chronicles series Part 9: Part 3 of 3 - Grizzly 19" Bandsaw Assembly G0514X2B »

In part 2 I complete the cleaning and assembly, lets get to it.

Here’s the bent 90 degree stop bolt, the new grade 8 bolt won’t bend I guarantee it!

Taiwan drops the ball again, the posts for the depth stop rod were not even hand tight so I had to remove the rear cover plate from the column to tighten them.

Here’s a close-up of the nut.

I decided to grease the gear while I had the cover off the column, any excuse to use this cordless grease gun its awesome!

That’s some of the ugliest half dried cosmoline I have seen in years, it took quite a bit of scrubbing with brake cleaner to remove it.

Clean and assembly complete without any further mechanical issues, I did find a wart under the cosmoline though. By the way I tilted the head full over and tested the machine danger of tipping, even with moderate pushing sideways it was not about to tip over so that’s good!

Closer in its nice and shiny but do you see the wart on the fence?

Here’s the back.

Here’s the wart, I have no clue what that is, casting defect or got hit with a torch or something. Does not effect use of the tool at all but for $1,000 it shouldn’t be there.

Finally here’s a gut shot from underneath. See that shiny chrome handled on the left wheel, see the ugly plastic handle on the right wheel…I purchase the chrome handles for the bandsaw but that idea didn’t pan out due to the cast iron wheels I purchased but they fit the 2 smaller hand wheels on the mortiser so I attached them. I’ll order up the larger 3/8 handle for the large wheel and get rid of the plastic handle.

That’s all for now, the next news on this mortiser will be a review after I put it to use.

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#1 posted 11-25-2013 12:40 PM

Thanks again for the continuation of your shop development. Here’s hoping that Grizzly tech support, if contacted, will replace that fence. and take heed of your quality findings. After all you are purchasing some of their finest woodworking tools/products. Your observations should be important to their marking dept. And, yes grade 8 fasteners are the way to go when heavy weight use/contact is expected.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343

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#2 posted 12-04-2013 01:53 AM

That is one beastly lookin’ mortiser. Holy crap! Can I borrow it for my Roubo build?

-- Don't mind me, I'm just soaking up knowledge

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#3 posted 12-04-2013 02:44 AM

I’ll let you know how it works clafollett I’ll be using it on the quilt ladder, 5/4 red oak.

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