Mortising Jig

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Project by wild bill franklin posted 723 days ago 2474 views 16 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this mortising jig for a table i’m working on. It is made of from 3/4” plywood and can except up to 3” wide stock and the depth is 2 1/2” an it opens & closes at both ends. A ” C “clamp holds the stock in place while mortising . The router rides in a track with the plastic base attached to it. I got the idea from a magazine i have and it works pretty well when mortising table legs . It puts the router bit right in the middle ,are it can be offset with shims on either side. Can be used with either a fixed or plunge router. Thanks for looking!!

-- wild bill, Stapleton, Al

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#1 posted 723 days ago

Looks like a fun little project. Great job on it!

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#2 posted 723 days ago

Very slick. I might have to steal this one (compliments to you). Did you find plans in the magazine, or come up with your own?

It looks like the height of the router is fixed, and the height of the workpiece is non-adjustable. To figure out your depth, do you need to lower the bit to the surface of the piece, then mark that as your 0” reference on your plunge?

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#3 posted 723 days ago

Nice jig Willie, I’m putting this on my want list

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#4 posted 723 days ago

Looks great nice job

-- Pat Brownfield Westland,Michigan

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#5 posted 723 days ago

Nicely done. Looks like it would work quite well.

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#6 posted 723 days ago

nice jig ,may have to borrow this one,

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#7 posted 723 days ago

Thanks to all LJ, i made the top daily 3 ….............. ya..!!

-- wild bill, Stapleton, Al

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#8 posted 723 days ago

I really like this idea. You ahve done a great job on it. I actually need to make one of these so that I can makd the mortises in the nightstand I am making and also in the workbench I am going to make. It would certainly be a lot easier with something like this over what I have been trying.

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#9 posted 722 days ago

very cool jig, nicely build

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