Shop Made horizontal slot mortising machine

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Project by corydoras posted 07-26-2011 12:35 AM 17051 views 23 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Inspired by Mattias Wandels multi slot mortising macine ( I decided to give it a go.
Had some parts laying around from an old edge banding machine that we disassembled at work a couple of years ago, and thought I could make use of this.

I had a dual, crossing, linear ball bearing slide and and vertical slide with a threaded rod for the router hight adjustement.
The router is an old 1000w router that i had laying around
I put this together in a couple of nights, and here are some pictures of the build and the final result.


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#1 posted 07-26-2011 01:54 PM

Nice mortising machine and looks better than mine ( It looks more robust and capable doing precision and repeatable cuts. Congratulations on your new jig.

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#2 posted 07-26-2011 08:00 PM

Great piece of equipment. Some day when I have some time I’ll give something like this a try. Nice work.

-- Then, Than, Their, There, They're, To, Too, Two.....Pine, Maple, Walnut....We need to know the difference.....

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#3 posted 07-27-2011 01:20 AM

Great job!!! Welcome to LumberJocks!!!!

-- I have metal in my neck but wood in my blood!!

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#4 posted 07-28-2011 11:46 AM

Wow, that one nice jig you have made!!!!!!!

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

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#5 posted 07-30-2011 07:34 AM

Nice job! Where did you get the cross slide machanism from? I have an old Davis and Wells horizontal boring machine, and Id like to be able to do mortises with it. Thanks

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#6 posted 07-30-2011 10:26 AM

Thanx everybody:)
@CWGriswold: I got it from an old Homag edgebanding machine from the 80s that we dismantleled at work.

-- ->Growing old is mandatory, Growing up is optional-<

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#7 posted 01-20-2013 12:38 AM

Why didn’t I think of that?
Great job

-- Quicksilver

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#8 posted 01-20-2013 09:58 PM

@quicksilver, Thanx:)

-- ->Growing old is mandatory, Growing up is optional-<

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#9 posted 10-25-2013 05:07 AM

Nice work.
Matthias Wandel is an inspiration. I wish I had as much time as he appears to have…

-- Boredom is a matter of choice, not circumstance.

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#10 posted 10-25-2013 01:31 PM

@CaptClaude.: Thanx!

Yes you are correct. I was brought up to not envy anybody, but I i think I would be in better “shape” if I had some more time to spend in the shop.

-- ->Growing old is mandatory, Growing up is optional-<

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#11 posted 10-25-2013 04:33 PM

This will be a wonderful addition to your shop. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#12 posted 10-26-2013 09:42 AM

Thanks Charles!

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#13 posted 11-02-2013 05:46 PM

Wow! I just discovered your page and really like your shop made solutions! We should have shipped you our old edge bander and cnc when we changed them a few years back, I’m sure you could have made use of the parts!!!

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#14 posted 07-16-2014 07:50 PM

Great machine. Found it searching for ideas for a slot morticer. Thanks for sharing!

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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