Horizontal Mortise and Tenon Router

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Project by ssull4167 posted 05-27-2012 01:17 AM 4242 views 10 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch


I decided to put together this horizontal mortise and tenon router to give myself more options in my workshop.
This router has 2 sets of keyboard drawer slides and by moving the handle you have side to side motion and front to back motion. For the side to side motion you have adjustable stops on each end for mortise and tenons. This works well because you can zero out the digital readout for mortise and tenons. For the front to back motion you can also use a turning crank for more precise routing or you can easily remove the threaded rod and use the handle for both motions. You have a turning crank on the router for depth of cut and a turning crank for height adjustment. The horizontal router is very versatile as you can also make the table fixed for pushing stock through. The router has 9 inches of height adjustment, so you can run boards through for horizontal or vertical routing. Having a horizontal router makes alot more use of your router bits as they become more versatile. There is also a table that attaches to the table on the router which allows you to also do routing at an angle. With the keyboard drawer slides there is very little play so you get very accurate cuts. I made this so there is no play what so ever. Instead of doing a dado for the vertical adjustment I took a 3/4 piece of oak stock and sandwiched it between 2 pieces of oak for the glide which made for a very precise fit. I then added Slipit compound from Rockler to make it slide more easily and help on wear. I have several different types of hold downs as you will be able to see for different types of routing. I also have vacuum hook up for the router which really helps with the dust and chips created. I might make a video when I have some time to show what all I can do with this and give people some ideas. Also if anybody has any expertise that you can give me that would be great as I have learned everyone has different ideas.

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Col Baker

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#1 posted 05-27-2012 01:34 AM

A lot of work to build this my friend – you must do a lot of mortise and tenon work to justify it. Good design and looks very professional – well done.

-- Col B.

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#2 posted 05-27-2012 03:18 AM

Thanks, I do quite a bit of mortise and tenon work. I am always looking for new ways to improve my workshop

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#3 posted 05-27-2012 04:13 AM

Something like this is on my WTB (Want To Build) list. But with all the other things I need first it is down a ways. I like your idea for keeping the play out of the x,y axis I’ll have to keep that in mind when I do get around to building myself one.

-- --- Richard Jackson

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#4 posted 05-27-2012 04:29 AM

This looks like a really useful setup. I’m debating building one myself. StumpyNubs did a project like this recently that’s worth looking at.

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#5 posted 05-27-2012 04:15 PM

I just fell into some free hold downs like the ones on your table. I love the way you used them. I must also.

-- Chance Four "Not Just a Second Chance"

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#6 posted 05-29-2012 02:13 PM

Very impressive! i know that must have taken some time to do. I’ve often thought about making one, but the time and space required always keeps me from starting. i must say, you have caused me to rethink that.

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