Mortising Jig

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Project by Roger posted 03-08-2011 03:32 AM 4161 views 9 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The plans for this came from American Woodworker. Made with 3/4” Baltic Birch. I added a few of my own additions. I hate to admit it, but, those 4 little black knobs on top, well, I bought them. WOW! It’s rediculous what they want for these knobs. I’ll make em from now on. I haven’t used this jig yet, but, soon I will.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#1 posted 03-08-2011 03:33 AM

oh, heck! no wonder it doesn’t work. I forgot to put the router in the plunge base! lol

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#2 posted 03-08-2011 03:57 AM of these days I am going to need one of those things… then I will have forgotten why it won’t work…....and I will come back and you can tell me to put the motor in the base. It is tough getting old….......(-:

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#3 posted 03-08-2011 03:58 AM

Hey Roger~
Too bad you couldn’t use any of the knobs you made and just posted on this jig….but I suppose they would have been a bit too bulky for the places you needed them to fit, huh?! Anyway….looks good, and aren’t you anxious to try it out! :)

-- Heidi :) “The only source of knowledge is experience”

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#4 posted 03-08-2011 04:12 AM

Roger I can see you are matriculate and exact. That is a great job and a fine display.

-- Roy Montana

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#5 posted 03-08-2011 05:01 AM

Looks great! I need to make one of these soon.

-- David

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#6 posted 03-08-2011 07:11 AM

very nice build jig R

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions - --

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#7 posted 03-08-2011 11:17 AM

Guess the mortisinig chisel can take a rest;-) Nice job. Looks like you plan on doing a lot of them!!

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#8 posted 03-08-2011 11:50 AM

Nice job Roger it’s a great tool to have in the shop. By the way is that a little taster in the background a drawer box (next project coming up maybe?)

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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#9 posted 03-08-2011 02:39 PM

thnx for all the kind words everyone.
Jim: lol yep I agree
Heidi: yer absolutely right. and yes, I am anxious. it better work… hahaha
Trevor: ah you have a good eye… I’m planning on making a footstool with a drawer in the bottom. I will use this jig to make the mortises in the legs.
and much thnx again to all

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#10 posted 03-08-2011 03:27 PM

Somebody likes Harbor Freight clamps… (me too)

I’m interested to see how it works. I built a mortising machine that holds the router horizontally. Wonder which type will be better.

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#11 posted 03-08-2011 04:11 PM

Now that’s a mortising jig I can fit into my shop. I’ve seen alot of mortising jigs that I’d like to build but they simply take up to much room. Which volume of American Woodworking did you find the jig in?

-- Doug - Make an effort to live by the slogan "We try harder"

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#12 posted 03-08-2011 05:10 PM

Great job, very practical and I like the size of it as well.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#13 posted 03-08-2011 07:29 PM

Love me some useful well done shop built jigs! Good stuff Roger!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#14 posted 03-09-2011 02:32 AM

Thats a nice jig, so well done.
Look at this link about the Great Dane:
I think that is inspirational.
Best thoughts,

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#15 posted 03-09-2011 02:33 AM

thnx again everyone. that’s a pretty good link there Mads. :)
Doug: and anyone else that may be interested, here is a link …. p.s. I know it’s spelled wrong, but, it works.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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