MMM – The Moxon Mortising Machine

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Project by map posted 299 days ago 3035 views 35 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

From watching Norm or The Wood Whisperer or many of the other TV wood butchers route perfect mortises with nothing more than an edge guide, I know that nothing more is really necessary. For them! I need all the help that I can get to make mortises that are straight and correctly sized. After completing a Moxon bench for my bench, it came to me that by adding a bit of tee track and a piece of HDPE to the Moxon bench I could make something that would make it harder for me to make mistakes. The tee track is used to secure the stops that limit the travel of the router along the length of the mortise. The HDPE prevents the edge guide from backing away from the fence. These elements may not prevent screw-ups, but they should make it harder.

-- measure once, cut once, swear, start over

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#1 posted 299 days ago

Very clever!

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#2 posted 299 days ago

It is useful, tks for sharing. You can use the same T-track to index the router.

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#3 posted 299 days ago

Clever. I like it.

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#4 posted 299 days ago


-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#5 posted 299 days ago

That certainly does the trick. Very ingenious.

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#6 posted 299 days ago

Now that’s just plain cool….thanks for sharing

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#7 posted 299 days ago

Thanks for sharing!!

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#8 posted 299 days ago

Now that is thinking.
Very Clever

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#9 posted 298 days ago

Thanks, I am going to have to steal tha idea.

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#10 posted 298 days ago

This is really nice and will make a lot of difference in your shop.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#11 posted 298 days ago

Very helpful… Thanks for sharing…

-- Dan

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#12 posted 298 days ago

smart thinkin’ Lincoln

effective solution…. yet much simpler than most of the elaborate contraptions out there.

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#13 posted 295 days ago


Now I need to go make one.

Thanks for posting.

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#14 posted 295 days ago

How do you like your Router Wizard?

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#15 posted 294 days ago

Do You have other vices on Your bench? The Moxon is a very nice vice! Am I correct in thinking that You have built the Moxon to stand on Your bench? It looks very clever way to accomplish a lot of different task, and special cuts. Good idea, Keep them Coming!

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