slot mortiser

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Project by stanleywc posted 09-10-2007 01:32 AM 16929 views 44 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a slot mortiser design that I come up with. I got the idea from the multi-router and from pics I saw of Yueng Chan’s design of a more basic machine. It work on an X,Y,Z axis and works very well. I have made everything from small occasional tables to barn doors with it. It also has dust collection that works pretty well.

-- Stan, South Carolina,

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#1 posted 09-10-2007 01:38 AM

Very very cool! I have a plan for a similar mortiser, but I like this one much more! Nice job!

-- Can't never did nothin' - Grampa Knapp

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#2 posted 09-10-2007 01:53 AM

Very nice Stanley. I’ve got the Woodhaven horizontal mortiser. It works somewhat like what you’ve built.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#3 posted 09-10-2007 01:55 AM


Another very nice shop project. I recall seeing the plan in Yueng Chan’s book. This looks like a very nice functional setup. How do you feel that it works? Is there anything that you would change after using it a while?

-- Mark, Webster New York, Visit my website at

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#4 posted 09-10-2007 02:19 AM

Mark, I think that it works great, and I would like to improve the height adjustment. I just don’t know what I want to do to it just yet.

-- Stan, South Carolina,

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#5 posted 09-10-2007 02:40 AM

Any way to get plans of this gizmo? Jockmike2

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#6 posted 09-10-2007 02:44 AM

That’s a sweat jig!

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#7 posted 09-10-2007 03:14 AM

I don’t have any plans drawn. I kind of built it on the fly. I did get the idea for the hieght adj. from Finewoodworkings router table design. I think it was John Whites design in the first “shops” issue.

-- Stan, South Carolina,

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#8 posted 09-10-2007 06:02 AM

Stan -

That is a sweet looking machine . . . another great project from your shop! I like your attention to detail.


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#9 posted 09-10-2007 06:18 AM

Wow! That blows mine away. I thought I was doing well, too. I adapted one from an issue of fine woodworking to work with the horizontal routing attachment to my router table (built from plans in Popular Woodworking). If I didn’t have one already, I would seriously consider building this one. Kind of considering it anyway!

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#10 posted 09-10-2007 01:44 PM


Great job. Looks like a precision instrument.

-- Dave _-^-_ Baltimore, MD

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#11 posted 09-10-2007 02:35 PM

Nice job Stan and I real time saver.

I gotta have one of those.


-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#12 posted 09-11-2007 04:28 AM

I’d like to build one as well! Do you have any plans or directions for building it?

-- Owen Johnson - aka IowaWoodcrafter

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#13 posted 09-12-2007 11:53 AM

Great job, Stanley! That thing looks like it gets the job done precisely and safely.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#14 posted 09-14-2007 02:14 PM

Great project!!
Thanks for sharing this. I’ve thought of making something similar some day.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#15 posted 10-02-2007 05:21 AM

Wow…. That is impressive. I’m sure if you ever decide to draw up plans you will have several jocks waiting in line to buy the them!

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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