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I built my workshop about four years ago and bought all the tools. To date they have been used mainly for building renovation construction.
During a lull in business I have finally managed to get serious about woodworking and start making furniture etc.
First cab off the rank is this mortise jig, as I figure I will be making a lot of mortise and tenon joints.
This is a combination of ideas I gleaned from the internet. It is made of wood scraps and allows me to make mulitple identical mortises.
The first thing I used it for was joining the legs to the aprons on bedside tables, which feature in my next post

-- Max, New Zealand





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Ken90712

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#1 posted 831 days ago

Nice job and great router. I have this one as well and love it. This should serve you well.

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

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RandyM68

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#2 posted 831 days ago

This is a great idea, thanks. You have several interesting adjustments on it. I’ll save it as a favorite, too, so I don’t forget.

-- I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you. I'm sorry,thanks.

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eddie

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#3 posted 831 days ago

i like it .do have some plans for it,i great jig

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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Pyamed

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#4 posted 831 days ago

I have the same router too and I love it as well! Great jig!

-- Kevin - Rochester, NY

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Maximillian

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#5 posted 831 days ago

Thanks team
In response to Eddies, request I will draw up some basic plans and post in the next few days.
Having now used it for over 30 mortises there are some improvements I could recoomend. It all depends on how much you want to spend.

-- Max, New Zealand

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Maximillian

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#6 posted 831 days ago

I would be interested in Jocks’ feedback on the Triton router. I have bothe the large one (in my router table) and the smaller one, for hand-held routing.
My observations are:
1. The method of screwing in the dust collection hose is a real pain. A quick fit connection would be welcome
2. The on-off switch is not very ergonomically positioned. When turning it on and off in hand-held mode I feel like I am all thumbs
3. Visibility of the bit is restricted. I remove the clear plastic safety guards to align the bit with the marked-out mortises. I then put them back on. It would be better if there was improved visibility from the get-go
4. The micro depth adjustment is fantastic

Apart from that, they are good routers

-- Max, New Zealand

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Craftsman on the lake

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#7 posted 831 days ago

I’ve made one of these too awhile ago. Works great. I use an upspiral bit for the mortises. My free range router is a bosch but I’ve got the big brother of yours in my router table. Damn nice machine..

My jig. Not as slick as yours.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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Maximillian

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#8 posted 831 days ago

Nice jig Craftsman on the Lake.
It looks almost identical to mine in function.
As I am a woodworking novice I appreciate being able to learn from you guys who have been doing this for longer.
Incidentally, I am somewhat shy of routers at the moment, having chopped the top off my index finger in a router table accident (stupid!). While it now looks OK, it is a hair shorter, which makes picking things up a tad difficult.
The good news is that the router and table are OK

-- Max, New Zealand

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Milo

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#9 posted 830 days ago

Max,

OUCH! I can relate. I have lines in my thumb were the Doc glued my thumb back together…

Were did you get the plans for this jig? Seems several folks recognize it.

Thanks!

Milo

-- Beer, Beer, Thank God for Beer. It's my way of keeping my mind fresh and clear...

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Maximillian

80 posts in 1882 days


#10 posted 830 days ago

Milo,
There is no specific plan for this jig. It is a combination of things I found on the Internet, so I guess people will have seen bits of it before.
If you bear with me I will draw up something and post it in a few days

-- Max, New Zealand

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eddie

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#11 posted 830 days ago

i got the same router in my router table ,great router like its features ,glad your table and routers ok they usely come out on top.a short finger is better than no finger thank God it didnt get the whole thing that router there dont play it,ll take a finger in a min.im new too and it got close one day r i should say i got to close .now i keep the guard on the fence.and take my time.i got a different one smaller one with a d- handle that i use free hand its a i forget the name its got soft start its the gray and black routers.with the d -handle i got a good grip on it because they also will take a finger.dont mean your stupid just accident.

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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Craftsman on the lake

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#12 posted 830 days ago

Max, I don’t want to jump in on your blog thread here but I do have a diagram and below a link to the page where the jig originates from.

Here’s a page from a slideshow I did a long time back when I built a cabinet and documented the build. It shows the jig I had made at the time.

And, here's the link to the place where the jig originates from. When you get there you can click the little pictures of the jig and they’ll enlarge.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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thedude50

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#13 posted 830 days ago

kinda looks like a knock off of a wood-rat if you had a wood-rat you would not need to make a jig to do individual tasks a much better value IMHO as my wood-rat makes mortice tenon and box joints and dovetails all in one machine very hard to beat that I do like your jig and would likely build it if I didn’t have my Wood rat where did the mounting plate you have the router on come from looks like an old jig that they used to sell for the workmate I have one out in the shop from about 25 years ago

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Craftsman on the lake

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#14 posted 830 days ago

The mounting plate comes with the triton router.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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Milo

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#15 posted 830 days ago

Thanks to everyone that added links. Craftsman, thank you! It’s a whole lot clearer how that jig works.

Max, do you do a lot of loose tenon joinery? To you get decent joints?

Thanks,

Milo

-- Beer, Beer, Thank God for Beer. It's my way of keeping my mind fresh and clear...

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