|Project by woodoogolem||posted 11-18-2014 06:51 PM||1846 views||3 times favorited||5 comments|
My children will leave our house next year and so I am currently preparing myself and my small shop for the time when a whole floor needs new furniture ;-)
One of these preparations concern a slot mortiser based on Matthias Wandels plans : with the lever at the side you move the router back and forth or sideways. A crank on a threaded rod lifts the router up and down.
The biggest challenge apart from adjusting the 4 sliders was the router mount. Here in Europe the routers like the one on Matthias’ photos are hard to find – and the two I am aware of I can’t justify to purchase. So I made a contraption that mounts my big plunge router using the holes in the base for the parallel fence. Since this requires more vertical space than the original I increased the overall height by around 100mm.
At GarageWoodWorks you can buy plans for a similar machine which also features a template holder. A rod is connected to the mortiser base and follows the template. So the router cuts the pattern according to the template. Since I found this a neat and simple to build idea I added this feature as well.