Horizontal Router Mortising Jig

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Project by emptyjay posted 11-13-2011 02:13 AM 5381 views 10 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this horizontal router mortising jig earlier this year. I built this using plans from some magazine, but I can’t remember which one (I think it was ShopNotes). I’ve also seen similar jigs here on LumberJocks.

To create a mortise, you simply attach the workpiece to the x-y table using holddowns. The router height can be adjusted using a star knob on the vertical panel. The maximum mortise depth is controlled by the router bit depth, and the mortise length is controlled by stops clamped to the x-y table. I really like the design, and the jig works perfectly to create clean, consistent, and quick mortises.

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#1 posted 11-14-2011 01:59 AM

Love the jig. On my bucket list of jigs to build for my shop. Thanks for posting.

-- Steve, South Carolina,

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#2 posted 11-16-2011 12:46 AM

i made one some years ago it work real good and i mosty use mine to plain the edles of bords that need plaining . mine don’t have and extra jig for mine , good job you’ll love it the more you use it

-- kayakdude

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#3 posted 11-19-2011 09:31 PM

nice simple looking jig emptyjay. I think just what i have been looking for. any chance of posting the plans?

-- Jeff, eastern Wa

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