Mortising Jig

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Project by Roger posted 1270 days ago 3844 views 8 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 1270 days ago

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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Jim Bertelson

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#2 posted 1270 days ago 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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Heidi Neely

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#3 posted 1270 days ago

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 1270 days ago

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 1270 days ago

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

-- David

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#6 posted 1270 days ago

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 1270 days ago

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 1270 days ago

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 1270 days ago

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 1270 days ago

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 1270 days ago

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 1270 days ago

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 1270 days ago

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

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#14 posted 1269 days ago

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 1269 days ago

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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